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B orough H a l l , S to ck to n - on -T ees , M onday ,
J u l y 2 7 th , 1874.
Mrs. Tappan rose and gave the following invocation:—
Infinite Spirit, Thou Source of all light and love, to whom we
must ever turn for all knowledge, who at all times and in all places
art present within the human soul, ever ready with thine inspir­
ing mind to endow us with knowledge and light, ever ready with
thine uplifting hand to strengthen us, ever ready with thine allpervading Spirit to guide us to truth, here, as at all times and in
all places, we would seek Thee. Here we would find knowledge of
that which surpasses man’s external knowledge, and we would
fathom those depths of truth which have sometimes'been given to
the world. We would know more of the soul, and of its course in
the future life. Thou hast made the stars and caused them to
shine, and Thou hast made the soul and kindled within it the hope
of immorality.
Subject chosen: “ Tho soul of man, what is it ? In what part
of the body is it situated during life, and what becomes of it?
Describe its progresson leaving the body of a good man, the placo of
its abode after, and its occupation through intermediate ages await­
ing the resurrection of the body.”
Mrs. Tappan rose and said:—
The gentleman who wrote that subject must have supposed it
possible to give in an hour’s discourse the epitome of all theological
knowledge, since it embraces nearly everything that can possibly
relate to the human soul. But if we fail to discuss satisfactorily
such a subject, you must bear in mind tbat, for as many thou­
sand yeaTS as the earth has been in existence, the most learned
and tne most inspired men of the earth have been engaged on the
subject, and as yet the problem is not finally solved, and as yet
there is a great diversity of opinion on the subject and its bearings.
But we shall endeavour to present, as concisely as possible, that
which we consider to be tne highest knowledge known in the
world, and perhaps beyond it, concerning the human soul. Un­
questionably, anthropology and physiology do not deal with
spiritual matters; undoubtedly chemistry and other sciences have
not as yet reached that perfection that shall deal with the analysis
of the mind. With all the knowledge that is possessed in the
world concerning man’s physical organisation, concerning all that
belongs to the wonderful region of anthropological discovery, there
remains no consistent data on which to build up the knowledge of
the human spirit, much lees the soul which is the basis of all human
life. Science has gone so far as to show what the nervous system is,
and what is its nervous action in the cells called ganglion within
the brain. It is even known of what substances the brnin is com­
posed, and it is thought it is known by what process of evolution
the mind is produced; but of the substance of soul, no one has pre­
tended to state as a possibility in science that it has been even
approximately discovered. It is true that the metaphysician and
the scientific mind, with the skill of much thought and long prac­
tice, endeavour to show that the distinctive locality of the region
of thought is in that portion of the brain which divides the higher
from the lower portion, and which perhaps may be in its measure­
ment only one-eighth or sixteenth part of an inch, and that here is
centred the whole substance of human thought, and this substnnce
from its resemblance to phosphorescent light is thought to be the
seat of the soul.
Undoubtedly, this statement of science is accurate so far as it
goes, and unquestionably the structure of the brain and the anatomy
o f the fibres of the nervous system is as stated. But no one has
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analysed the living brain; no one can tell how thought traverses
those parts; no one has been able to determine this from con­
tact with the brain of a living human being. It is only with
inferior animals the experiment has been tried, and never with the
brain of a human being in a proper state of activity.
It is unquestionable that the primal motive power of the mind
rests in the brain. It was formerly supposed, partly from super­
stition and partly from undeveloped science, that the heart was the
seat of the mind. But it is now shown that all thought, intelli­
gence, the power of communicating thought, and whatsoever it is
that constitutes mind, is located in or acts upon the organs of the
brain first, and then upon the other organs of the physical body;
but the brain in itself is not the distinctive habitation Of the
soul, and the soul may be perhaps separate in form without it,
or pervading the entire structure through it. But science
attempts to establish one theory or truth that there is no mind, no
intelligence separate from organisation, that every function of the
brain is derived from evolution, and separate from organisation
there can be no independent thought. This is the finality of science.
However, the German metaphysicians distinctively state in their
analysis of the laws of mind that, if mind exist at all, it must
exist as an independent and separate element, employing material
functions for its expression, and not for its existence. If we make
mind and soul the object of matter, we have in humanity that
which does not exist anywhere else in nature; we have a result
superior to the cause. We have in this a logical impossibility
which occurs nowhere else in nature. For if we regard organi­
sation as the result of law, and evolving an intelligence capable of
solving all the mysteries of creation, then nature is at war with
herself, and less than the thing she has created; for man thus
becomes the god of that to which he should be the humble slave.
Science is not, however, the only source of information.
Important it is, inasmuch as it involves all material prospects and
truths of the world; but the other source of human knowledge is
equally, if not more, important, and constitutes as great an
evidence as its colleague—evidence with just as jlecided and posi­
tive effects as science. Intuition, the mother and founder of
religion, the source whence man derives inspiration concerning
spiritual things, has not been entirely obliterated. The world in
consequence has not been left in ignorance of its possibilities. But
for these expressions from the inner world the world of material
science would have absorbed and destroyed the comprehension of
mind beyond the physical senses. But this spiritual inspiration
will be heard at times and in places when it forms in itself a
superior and distinctive class of testimony. All religious inspira­
tion and knowledge is of this kind, and it is to this source of
knowledge the human mind comes. When we state afi a truth,
and one which all minds will understand, that if the soul of man
be a substance capable of being analysed by science, then it is not
as a soul immortal, you will distinctly understand what we mean.
If it were possible for man to analyse the soul by science it would
reduce the soul to the same level aa other substances; but asicience
has not done this we return to the-stiheife of mind or thought to
know of what substance soul ia,‘>mSae.: And we declare it is in
itself a simple, single, absolute sifltetatice df the Divine Mind, and
that substance is spirit, and is not 'like any other substance in the
universe, and cannot be destroyed or divided by any other sub­
stance ; for spirit is a separate ultimate principle from the Infinite
Spirit, and hence is indestructible, and that its contact with
the material body furnishes external argument Shd evidence of
its power. As God acts upon nature, so soul acts Tipori matter
through the physical organs to illustrate those processes- or powers
which else were hidden^. W e may compare the -Divine Mind
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to a pure bright ray of light that, by itself, is white* and cafl^
not be'seen to possess the red, ^elio#, or .|he l*lUe; ra t when that
is bio^n by a prism, ybi» seeStne
and, the blue manifested.
existence, broken to your
laws of the universe.
The soul qf man is;a' foM - of this white light, broken to your
understanding by his outward organisation; and thus, being white
light, we can have no other name fpr it but spirit. Soul
therefore is spirit, and spirit is a subtle'.essence incapable of
external analysis, and incapable of division or destruction; and it
constitutes, the essential part of the human being, and acts upon
the nerves and fibres of the brain; it is an independent entity,and
moves .and governs its external organisation by the 'Various processes
it finds*;and-, ia ever .etmmg to develop those protases through
org^^jSahl^tii irthei'words, spirit )s teyradtiUltto',_alid expresses
mattlfcJiitQ lfs owii Ugh state of perfetftioiii Science builds the
bodyJrat^atldttithSut aBotili Thb true process is that the germ
is coMainfl$.*lt]linandtffifbIds Its own characteristics in accordance
.with its’ extemal circumstances.. I f it be true that the external
it, then it
o f w e planted in
must’lE$Brefore ^ S n g ’^ ^ n a^ifornf*mm^6R"',:!But instead of
thatw.ttiey'igrow, side by side, each preserving individuality
from tae-germ ’ within. We shall compare man’s spirit to a
distinctive germ of life thatishapes its covering to the shape of tbe
germ, and that gernj o£life is the soul. We now see somewhat
where the soul resides, but for convenience we must divide this
spiritual nature -feto three distinctive expressions. (1) The
soul or inmost essence, which does not live within the body, but
has it# iaction in the brain as stated. (2) The spirit which is the
body of the soUl, and which invades every fibre of the material
being. This is known in the language of St. Paul as the spiritual
body* ajid,which shall thrpw off the outward body, (3) The
mind, .which connected with the spirit, that divides the lesser
fWm th8i larger brain, or the posterior from the anterior brain; and
itideJoOftted in the: superior brain, where the mental force chiefly
acta. So spirit is the form of which the soul—'-being the innermost
essence,' and that which does not ohange, cannot be destroyed—
epppjsea itself through external organs, and in the form we have
stated, namely,, spirit and mind.
JW.e svra asked tQ point out the progress of this spirit separate
from the body. W e will state—having shown that the soul in itself
ia an essence, and so produced by the divine essence—that it is not
possible ,fbr Us to suppose that the soul dies, and the spiritual
organisation with whion it uses, for it is this spiritual body which
the spul inhabits after the change called death.
When the body dies, the physical life ceases to perform in all its
functions, and apparently there is no more life in being there.
But, if you remember, that that which you have loved in the human
being, the mind or spirit, and that the nerves and fluid through
which the spirit outwardly manifested itself were all invisible, you
Will be'ready to know that the body only takes with it'into death
that whioh belongs to itself, the physical atoms it has borrowed
from the earth. But the spirit takes with it the atoms of its
spiritual existence. Hence, upon leaving the material body the
spul becomes the inhabitant of the spiritual body. It is so stated
by St. Paul, when he says, “ It is sown a natural or animal body:
it iflraieed a spiritual body;” the natural and the spiritual being
distinctly stated, for “ there is,” says Paul, “ a natural body and a
spiritual body” The word “ i t ” in the first paragraph is somewjbftt ambiguous. The ambiguity will, however, be dispelled if
attention W: given to what follows, since Paul afterwards tells
us there is a natural body and a spibitital body.” The
amhiguity arises entirely from the translation of this word “ it,”
for it undoubtBdly refers to that part which rises spiritually, and
whiah is- the -ethereal or finer essence, not incorporated in the
meaning physical or natural, and the essential properties of the
spiritual.body; must be composed of spiritual substances.
, We are asked io describe the soul after death, previous to the
resurrection of the material body.
The gentleman has stated some things which it may be well for
us,here to notice., He states, at the close of the subject he has given,
‘‘ awaiting the resurrection of the material body,” concerning which,
of course, .there is among Christians no unanimity of belief, and
which of iteel^: forms ;tbe belief of only a portion of the Christian
world, and we shall not.be thought to interfere with the individual
opinions of others, if we state our own. But he has instanced a
good man. Any spirit would do as well. Understand he says,
“ .the progress of a good man after death awaiting the resurrection
of th9 material body.” It seems illogical', if the spirit can exist
withput the body 100 or 1,000 years, that it should afterwards
require,that body to build up its spiritual existence. The nature
of ithe spiritual b.pdy, in our opinion, is. different from the subStance.o{ tbe material body, and that the spirit does not at any
time: require the: body again for its existence. The meaning of
resurrection must, therefore, he the separation of the spiritual body
fe>pi:the earthly [body.T h e good man, if he carry with him his
iden^ty, tal^ea with, him into spiritual life every thought, feeling,
emotion,, wish, prayer, desire, that made up his excellence on
earth, sit^ce pone of those remain with the material body. You
ifflgn of recognition there. There is no light in the
$ye, n,o iglp^y ipjphe cheek, and. if you look for the good man there
iinu In whatever consisted his goodness, his kindnesBj.tofihtelligence, these must exist in his. spiritual nature or not
fttiall j and ltbe necessary conclusion is, that i f they ejdst in the
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spirltual.flature they cannot J»ina^|^^j^'^yvtlttt'tHK8888e8
not the sotir. ’ ■In other words, the ptpbess called ddftth is simply
the separation of the ,-spiritual bodyf-iroitt/^^JfsicBl^^e-aepa^
rating of the grosser frofctbe fiflerpnrtgofttiatx'BHaturerWlifltever constitutes the BurroUtidJtiga .of his.spuitual life )s palpable.
For instance, if he has followed on earth a line o f fiiftlted coudtiflt,
having upright, lefty thoughts find noble impulses, he mttfit have
arrayed himself in the fibre and( tissue of tfipse thoughts. It is
these which constitute the spiritual existence^ and l f ‘ tjiey.jje
lovely the soul is arrayed in lovetftteila. if dark m d Mrdid;tji^ .|0sd :
is arrayed in shadow and darkness. And If th6‘ solll leafed tbe
external body, it is, still clothed /with tho thbtifllits o f iteearthly
life, and every aspiration o f prayer, b f fiolj^desire, are iflteJWdvett
into his spiritual being) and the angels andfiotlla disenthffllled
from the material body see hinyftot fld.you do ott eafth> but fis lio
is in his spiritual nature, adored, Exalted,' Uplifted and CWwnei ^
the deeds and words of hid eartM^ l $ j and. his .toblt|t|ija^: ?•;
spiritual life is composed o f just
on earth has YPtfchsafed him to
house are many mansions,”
told you. I am going to
that those who
Himself, he thought
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The conclusion is, {Eerft.iS^'£&bitatiOSsl^^mtuM*!Ke'Waplei for
each soul. This habitation is thought by many to be one of two
degrees of existence: absolute happiness or absolute woe. But if
you recall to mind the different degrees of character in human life,
.you will see that every spirit called good cannot enter either of
these 'conditions of spiritual life, but a condition for which they
have prepared themselves.
The deeds and words and thoughts of human life are so far sub­
stantial to th e,spirit that they make up its happiness or, unhappi­
ness, its heaven or its hell, its kingdom of1light or darkness.' The
spirit does not escape from itself by going into the other world,
but is more and more conscious of its own defects and, appetites.
The good man carries with him into spiritual life,.not those things
belonging to the external—days of pain and suffering—but the life
of a good existence; tho standard of his goodness being that
wherein he was most benevolent to mankind, that which, mtist
nearly resembled the fulfilling of the golden rule. He who has
woven for himself such a spiritual thought, and such a spiritual
habitation, goes on in that state of life, increasing his knowledge
and power, and aggregating the spiritual particles that make u pthe divine perfection of his spiritual body. You ought to remem­
ber that the substance of which spiritual existence is composed
must be infinitely finer than any that you have of external matter,
finer than electricity, finer than anything the imagination can
picture, and that it takes shape in spiritual life, not here as on
earth, subjectively, but objectively, and what you call material
and tangible is changing and fleeting to the soul.
You are told by science that matter is the only permanent, thing.
Spiritualism teaches that spirit is the only thing which is enduring.
The eternal hills will fade ‘ away before the approaching hand of
time, for, when the earthquake yawns beneath, the mountain and
the city are alike dissolved. The rocks, which are strong, and
seem so permanent, are composed but of fibres that to the eye of
the spirit are as far apart as the spTfngy fibres are to you ; and these
are capable of being dissolved by heat, and consigned by vapour no
one knows where.
Matter changes; spirit builds up. Its foundation is from the
Infinite Spirit, and the substance of which it is made takes shape
and form, and becomos the external expression, its outward body
of habitation, and it is in the body of spirit that spirit is itself a
It is true there are many grades of spirit-life/ It has been
believed by many religious people there were separate orders.
Part of the Christian community of modern times believe in two,
heaven and hell. There were three among the ancients, Among
the Brahmins there were three,, whilst the ,Pythagorian theory
gives various stages. But the Christian heaven and the Christian
hell constitute two distinctive places of abode. With Sweden­
borg there are various grades o f spiritual existence; and, judging
from Swedenborg’s experiences, spiritual and otherwise, it is true
that the spiritual states or spheres may be without number. But
there are three distinctive states comprehended by buman bsings—
(1) The terrestrial heavens, or the atmosphere surrounding the
earth, the abode of the lower order of spirits.
(2) The interstellar heavens, or those heavens removed from
the distinctive atmosphere of the earth, and inhabited by, spirits
who approach the earth and hold converse with human beings.
Into this state Swedenborg has undoubtedly been admitted.
(3) Beyond these the celestial spheres, in which exist those
celestial angels, beings of love, some who never have perhaps lived
on earth, and some who have risen from it with great radiancy and
glory. .
What lies beyond these only those know who have absolute
contact with the Divine Mind, and whose vibrations would be lost
in contact with the material universe.
The good man goes where he can give light, and receive light
from others.
This happiness belongs to all good souls. The beggar in the
street, if he lead a good life, is equal, if not greater, in the kingdom
of heaven than the king upon the throne. Excellence of spirit is
known only there, and we believe that he who possesses it passes
on from advancement to advancement throughout eternity; and
the friend who suggested the subject would , call the spirit fiom a
higher to a lower state, if he brought him back to the body. This
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idea of thB;8ph’it doBiitfg: ba6k to the earthly body is a'mistaken oiie of these items, that is an extraordinary manifestation of mental
power. Also, when very strange questions ’ have been put to
t)ii .th6' p^t pfpbftionS of thd rfeligibus community. The Jews
'Waiiititf roW for /thy1'Nfift JfefttSttletn, folr thtt day Wheti the dead individuals, mathematical questions as regarding, the cubical con­
bllfeir Vise jFirin^'tM i' JrfivfeS. iThejr hflVO fotgotteh, o* do not n c o ^ tents of certain vessels, and the Cube root o? certain numbers,
iflij tlie, sjiirltlial: Kiijgfdbpa of JesuS. They do not recognise the some have given the ahswer almost immediately after its having
jeBuiipction in the form of spiritual life. They do not recognise been asked. This appears to me to be as equally extraordinary.
the teachings of Paul, the Transfiguration on the Mount, or the But the question is, now can we ascertain this to be a fact, that
the lecturer has been speaking under spiritual influence ?”
angel which appeared to John on the Isle of Patmos.
; Thus spiritual beings have appeared from time to time with •A. The gentleman will bear in mind that the proper way to
men, confirming the idea that they dp exist in a spiritual State of solve the problem ia to test it. He will perhaps arrive then at a
existence, 1 Thought cannot be linked for ever with the substance . conclusion more distinctly. He has stated instances of singular
of which the earth is composed.
acuteness to which we could add several thousand more. But he
W e now'leave this ;go6d man, passing on from stage to stage of has not stated by what method these people do those things. And
spiritual enlightenment ted culture, from stage to stage of know- he has introduced no evidence to show that they are not inspired,
ledge^&chieyitig new conquests daily in the realm of mind, and but has classed us with them. He understands that the lecturer
adding eBbb liour and each moment to the wonderful possessions of may come under the same category, but he has not stated what
his soul, atad those ate limitless, since the'power of the Infinite is the category is, Poets believe themselves to be inspired though the
without bound, and aids the angels and archangels, all of whom rest of. mankind may not recognise it. Instances of inspiration are
are types of that prophecy which whispers to the human soul that sufficient to one with whom the faculty has existed at some period
of time in the human mind. It is left, however, for you to draw
its inheritance is not of earth bwt of heaven.
"We have endeavoured to keep as precisely as possible to the your own conclusions, and as it requires a poet to understand the
subject .given, to us. We may nave done so very imperfectly. poet, it may require an inspired mind to understand an inspired
Undoubtedly there are many points we have failed to clear up, and mind. Wehave given the lecture under trying circumstances in
some, perhaps) not tbuohed upon at all; and if those gentlemen order to convince you o f the ability to which we refer.
Mrs. Tappan then gave a poem on “ The Death of Charles I.”
who composed the subject will kindly ask any other question
touching the points we have failed to answer, we shall be glad to which was highly appreciated by the audience.
reply to them.
A gentleman in the audience rose and said: “ I am pleased with
the lecture. Mrs. Tappan has said, that the soul is independent of (Subject choBen by the audience, Sunday afternoon, Aug. 9th, at Bolton.)
body and independent of material organisation, yet manifests itself
The eye of man, fashion'd by thought divine,
through the brain. I should like to know how it acts in the brain
Expresses in its highest form the light
of an idiot P”
That is intended for God's perfect plan,
Mrs.Tappan (or rather her 6pirit-guide) answered: The soul
To guide mankind upon the earth aright ;
does manifest itself^ in the brain of an idiot, but only in a
But only forms made visible by line, shape, and light
limited degree; but it has been shown by eminent physicians in
Come within range of outward human Sight.
Europe that the soul of an idiot can be reached by external
The air you breathe, the force of winds and waves,
appliances as well as others. Idiocy is not. the result of the
Moved on by subtle purpose, th’ breath that laves
organic failure o f the soulj but of the external organisation through
Your being, and the touch of vibrant sound,
which the soul expresses itself. By music or colour there has not
Alike cannot be seen; that which around,
Above, beneath most moves you, namely, thought,
been found an idiot that Some thought or aspiration could not be
Cannot by any magic power be brought
awakened in him. Another thing is this, though the soul actsindepenWithin the range of vision.
dently Of physical-organisation, yet it expresses itself through it.
Shall that world, ,
A musician may be here, a master of melody; but if you give him
Finer than substances of which the air is made,
a piano or a harp broken, or imperfectly constructed, and though
More subtle than the lightning’s breath ere'tis unfurled
his sOul be full of ihtiiic he can produce no harmonious melody.
With fiery power— that life that doth pervade,
This is so with the organisation of some souls, and these are what you
That winch makes pale death glorious, sublime, and free,
call idiots. Such a soul with its belongings has not here an
Be prison’d in the dull and narrow masonry
opportunity for its full development, consequently there must be
Of human vision ? ’tis the realm of mind ;
some further existence for it.
Its substances are of such things as thoughts are made.
Another gentleman asked: “ Do you hold that the soul is distinct
With vibrant wings of thought you mount through space.
from matter.?”—A* Decidedly.. The soul, however, depends upon
And find that you—bodily—remain apace,
. matter for its expression.
Gazing after the thought, mentally blind.
Q. “ Then you hold the soul to be a substance P"—A. Soul is only
There are those who from infancy have gift
a substance in the fact that it is a primal element; but we do not
Oi' spiritual vision; to uplift
call it substance in tbe sense of matter. Soul is the only substance
The eye beyond the grosBer sense of time and space,
in the -universe. There, is only one substance, that is, soul. For
And gaze awhile where angels in their place
instance, the temple which Michael Angelo has reared at Rome,
Perform their holy deeds and live their lives.
is a type of art that will fade away. Undoubtedly it was not in
This power of vision all things else survives;
B u t’tis impalpable to outward ken,
accordance with His ideal. But the thought from which the
And all the grovelling thoughts of toiling men
temple was shaped cannot perish; yet you call St. Peters palpable,
Would mar the glorious fabric there upreared.
and you call the soul of Michael Angelo at death a dream, that is
There are eyes that have seen, ears that have heard
to say, the materialist does. This-is what we mean when we say,
The glorious beauties of that higher day;
soul is the only substance..
But they cannot be captured ih the ray
Another gentleman asked: <(H&ve the comtnunications with
Of man’s material vision. Other sense
spirits improved tbe human race ?”—A. W e hope'so. The ten­
And other thought awhile the recompense
dency we believe o f all communications between one soul and
Must take, and human beings must be brought
another is improvement, 'and that which certainly concerns all
To'higher range of vision, with life fraught.
humanity, the destiny o f the soul beyond its- eaKhly life, would tend
When the veil falls—^the mist that you call death^to improve those who study it seriously. There are plenty of
When life is but a chain of living breath,
mindfl in; tooth spheres todifier'eirt to improvement. But the
Outwrought from earth to heaven—l o ! the eyes
majority in both Worlds Vnsh improvement, and whatever adds to
Now blinded shall be opened with surprise,
And'shall behold the higher, brighter d a y;
human knowledge spiritually, cannot fail to exalt and uplift the
The light obsoured shall gleam with rarest ray,
Not on the outward sight; its blest control
Q. “ But do not evil spirits communicate with man as well as good
Shall light the glorious vision of the isoul.
ones ?’’—A. Some spirits have a debasing influence oa mankind,
but it is necessaiy that human spirits should know it to ward them
off. It is necessary to have !the knowledge that fire burns in order;
B y tu b G u id e s of Mns. Tappan.
to keep out of it. Knowledge brings power. He that is aware of
a danger is half if not fully armed against it. It is the teaching (Subjeot ohosen by the audience at Bolton, Sunday evening, Aug. 9th.)
of Spiritualism that some influences are evil. But the door of life
All things seem to die;
opens to the good as weH aB the evil spirits who daily pass from
The flower fades upon its stem,
earth, and is composed of those we loved and trusted here as well
■The petals trembling, wither’d lie,
And from out Nature’s diadem
as the evil And the same power which enables the evil to
The shining drop seems lost.
approach belongs also to those who are good. This should be a
The dew perishes’neath the sun;
matter of joy.
The mountain and the plain
Another gentleman then said: “ I have listened with great
Dissolve beneath the earthquake’s breath;
pleasure to the, lecturer, but it seems to me the great theme con­
The voloano in pain
nected with this lectuJ® is not what the lecturer has said, but the
Sends forth the mighty stream of death,
assumption that the lecturer has been giving, not her own views,'
A ll nature to defy.
but the opinions and views of some spirit acting upon her. ai^l
The forest tree by slow degrees
through her. The lecture has certainly been very clever, and
Crumbles to earth once more,
a masterly manifestation of mental power. But we all know that
And on the altar o f dark Death
manifestations of mental power are common. At any rate, there
All nature seems to pour
are few of us who-have not heard and read of strange manifesta­
The dread libations of her grief.
tions o f mental power. For instance, when a mere child takes his
Even man seems doomed to die,
four fingers and runs them up a large column Of figures represent­
And all the edicts of his plan
ing potmds, shillings, aiid pence, and instantly tells what is the sum
Mould’ring and scattered lie.
But apring renews her vernal life;
The atoms of the flower
By subtle prooesses and strife
Benew tneir wonted power.
No drop is lost: the dew,
Absorbed by the pure sun’s rav,
Desoends in showers upon the plain,
And lives again alway.
The foreBt tree beneath deoay, |
Seems thuB to disappear,
Upon its mould’ring form there rise
The beauties of another year.
A ugust 14, 1874.
three or foilr lane ends; over tho neat little doorway, out in thestone,
are the words, “ Progressive Spiritualist Lyceum,” and under that-, the
motto, “ Man, 'knowthyself.” On enterinjg the hall we find it to be aphice
capable of holding about 3Q0 persons, with‘ 0 roomy ,platform sur­
rounded by a very ohaste railing. The ohildren are going through their
various exeroiseB, and do so with very great Credit to those who have been
their teachers. At half-past two o’olook the hall is quite filled With a
most intelligent and respectable audience. After the usual preliminaries,
Mrs. Tappan delivered, in her usual style, a most impressive discourse
on “ The Temple of Truth." Everyone seemed to feel that our new hall
was surely the “ house of God, yea the very gate of heaven.”
In the evening the place was orowded to excess, every corner being filled.
struggled our way to the platform, the proceedings were again
Alan seems to die; but from the form
opened with singing, the musio having been led by the ohoir and accom­
That crumbles in the ground
panied by a harmonium. ThiB part of the proceedings waBgone through
The spiritual atoms burst
with the most exquisite taste. After the invocation the;subjeot ohosen
With new-born life enwound.
by the audienoe waB, " He was led by the Spirit into the Wilderness
And round the oentral souroe of Light,
be tempted of the Devil forty days ;" and I oonsidered the discourse; a
Even as the butterfly
masterpieoe, even coming through Mrs. Tappan. I think, she quite
That rises from tne lowlv worm,
outshone herself, and evidently astonished evenner own friends who had
The bouI of man leaps forth to life,
heard her before. At the close of the leoture there were a feWannounce­
Anew its torch to burn.'
ments to make, tbe most pleasing of whioh, however, was as follows:—
And with the Iris wings of thought,
“ The Sowerby Bridge Spiritualist Lyoeum committee have much
The sun of life’s control,
pleasure in announcing that tbe sum raised towards the wiping off of the
The body ’neath the ground must fade—
debt on this hall is now ,£60." I oannot express the pleasure I felt
God’s sunlight deoks the soul.
personally at this result, and I only hope they will oontinue to prosper
as they have begun. I am pleased tp hear that Mr, Burns is to ocoupy
their platform n6xt Sunday..
. A. C b o s s .
In a letter giving a short retrospect of Mrs. Tappan’s tour in the
We shall give particulars of the meetings at Bolton and Bury next
Darlington distriot, Mr. G. B. Hinde observes: “ We have passed
"through some glorious experiences, and have met everywhere—Bave at
York—enthusiastic and admiring audienoes. Doubtless this will give
suoh an impetus to the oause as.will establish it firmly (in the public
In the days of darknesB and ignoranoe, when psychological pheno­
opinion) on a much higher platform than it has hitherto held. I should
have liked, if time and opportunity had permitted, to have sent you full mena were not understood, witohflnders.played an important part in
and detailed accounts of all our prpoeedings, but suffioe it to say the the then popular form of spiritual investigation. The personage em­
people en masse are oharmed and interested in the wonderful powers of ployed^ in this important mission was neosssarily possessed of strong
thought and intelleot displayed by Mrs. Tappan, or thoBe inspiring her, prejudices, often amounting in Vehemenoe to a hate almost hellish, and
and say, no matter where it oomes from, we have never heard the like oapable of goading on the witohflnder to' deeds of the darkest oruelty.
before.” Mr. Einde alludes to the oration whioh we print this week, These emissaries were the embodiments of the ignoranoe and intellectual
and proceeds: “ The seoond leoture at Stookton, on the ‘ Destiny of degradation of the age, and stand on the page of history as the most
England,’ was a splendid effort; the people seemed spell-bound, and fearful soar whioh deforms the fair face of human experienoe.
Again, in the present day, we have psychological phenomena, and We
remained seated for some time, reluctant to go, after the proceedings had
terminated. Mrs. Tappan oame to us to spend a holiday, and we have have also ignorance, prejudice, and ill-feeling, perhaps under cover of
kept her in harness most of the time. I have promised not to be so the best intentions. The Witohflnder is an ugly ghost of the past, but
hard upon her next time. We have, however, built her up with our his successor in the present age is the prepense detecter of mediumistio
sympathy and spiritual love, and think that she has sustained no impostors. In making this statement we do not intend to draw any
deterioratiop, physioal or spiritual, by her happy sojourn amongst us.” obloquy on the laudable conduot of those who fearlessly expose impos­
We have, in common with our readers, to thank Mr. Clephan for the ture when found, and it may be with oharity treat the erring and badly
report of the O r a t io n which we publish in'this number. The manuscript influenced oulprit. With a similar oharity we excuse the eccentricities
was furnished gratuitously, as a contribution to the cause. Mr. Freund of those who without reason or proper motive assault and stigmatise
says: “ Mrs. Tappan has oreated a very favourable impression on the their fellows from a morbid desire to oonviot them of imposture.
Stookton people; I am only sorry that my friend Mr. Clephan was not
These remarks are intended to introduce a ridiculous episode whioh
there the second night to report that splendid oration.” We have heard ocourred at the seanoe of Messrs. Bastian and Taylor on Thursday
favourable acoounts of the two meetings at Darlington. The audiences evening of laBt week. . A stout lady entered the seance-room and quietly
were good, and the orations were, as usual, first olass, and were well betook herself to a seat. Soon she was followed by a gentleman, equally
well developed pbysioally, and, as a fellow feeling whioh makes us won­
At Leeds the subjects offered for the guides of Mrs. Tappan to drous kind sprang up between them, this portly couple acopsted eaoh
discourse upon were of a scientific oharaoter. Of the first lecturp, whioh other aB entire strangers. They oompared notes as to the state of the
■ was “ On the Character of four leading English Statesmen,” the Leeds weather, they asked each' other if they had been in the habit of attend­
Mercury says: “ With unhesitating fluenoy, and displaying much ing such meetings, and thus aoted their little game in such a demon­
political knowledge and sagacity, Mrs. Tappan discoursed upon the strative fashion as to lead the company to suppose that they were quite
oharaoters of Gladstone, Disraeli, and Bright, elioiting frequent applause unknown to each other. Ultimately the gentleman sat on one side of
for her liberality of view and occasional eloquence. There was, how- the room and the lady on the other, but when the cirole was formed
ever, a good deal of hissing when she seleoted Charles Bradlaugh as her they contrived to sit together. The sitters were mostly friends from
fourth name, upon whioh the Jecturer entered into a long explanation of Liverpool; indeed, there were only three sceptics present. Mr. Taylor
her exalted opinion of what she herself described as the infidel lecturer’s sat in the oirole, held on both sides, and the sitters held hands all round,
1 dangerous ’ power, plaoing him as the ooming man before even Fawcett Mr. Bastian oocupying a seat in the oentre. To make certain that he
or Forster in her estimate.” \ )f this leoture the Leeds Daily Hews says: did not leave his plaoe, Mr. John Lamont placed his feet on Mr. Bastian’s
“ After reviewing John Bright’s oharaoter, Mrs. Tappan went on to say lap, and that gentleman continued olapping his hands all the time.
tbat the representation of the bone and sinew of England—the leader Under these conditions the light was extinguished and the manifestations
and ohampion of such thoughts aBhave taken firm hold, and have their commenced., Satisfactory personal tests of touohes, voices, &c., were
home in England—the very epitome of Liberalism, the ohampion of obtained simultaneously all round the cirole, when a deoidedly
politioal rights of the working olasses—Charles Bradlaugh—(hisses)— “ physical ” manifestation attracted the attention of the Bitters.
will have more power in the future than any existing statesman of
A ring had been taken from Mr. Taylor’s finger and placed on the
to-day. He was not so far removed from the people as to be considered hand of Mr. Morse, who sat next to the lady’s companion. Mr. Taylor
an aristocrat, nor so learned as to be considered a pedant,, nor so low aB asfced the spirit to return the ring, when the lady ih question aBked the
to be oalled vulgar; and therefore the influence he exercised over a vast spirit to take her ring. It was a plain gold ring, worn very thin, and
number of the working olasses was great. In conclusion,-Mrs. Tappan sunk considerably into the finger, so that U b removal would have been
said that the revolution proposed by Bradlaugh would finally oome about a work of difficulty. The spirit, however, attempted.it, when the lady,
by'the voice of the people, and the voice of the people was the voice of it would appear, made an endeavour to grasp the spirit-hand, and fail­
God. At the oonolusion of the oration Mrs. Tappan delivered an ing to do so, reached forward, and tiaught Mr. Bastian by the shoulder,
impromptu poem on ‘ War,’, whioh was muoh applauded.” This prefer­ who sat nearly in front of her, and within arm’s reaoh of all in the
ence of Mrs. Tappan’s guides for Mr. Bradlaugh has cauBeda great deal oirole.
of oritioism in the newspapers. It shows, at any rate, that the speaker
Mr. Bastian first felt her take hold of his shoulders, and from
was above prejudioe. A local correspondent writes: “ Our third that point she slid her. hands down his arms. Mr. Bastian’s call i'or
meeting was the orowner of all; it was tne fullest house, and altogether light, and the lady’s gentle protestations againstthe probity of the medium,
the greatest success of the three meetings in Leeds; subject, ‘ The Origin soon caused Mr. Taylor to strike a light, when the stout lady was seen
and Variety of the Human Speoies.’ ”
to hold Mr. Bastian by one arm a little under the elhow. The good
woman saw she had made a fool of herself, and as sho is a big woman,
she thought she might as well be a big fool filso, and so sustain a kind of
M b s . T a p p a n a t S o w e b b y B r id g e .
oongruity in the matter. To do so she took a short out route, and
Respecting Mrs. Tappan’s services on the first opening day of the flew into a violent rage, suoh as stout ladies with a superabundance of
Lyceum at Sowerby Bridge, we have received the following report:—
physioal force, or, as the sailors Would oall it, “ ground swell,” oan effeot
Last Sunday morning set in amongst the Yorkshire hills with an to perfection. ’ Her language, her em phasiB, her aotions were highly
apparent hesitancy as to whether it would bo wet or fair. The wind dramatio, but of that ohoice,quality whioh precludes their being reported
blew strong, however, and drove the olouds away. At the railway in suoh a vulgar organ as the M e d iu m . As a psychological study, it
station ! was welcomed by Mf. Broadbent, jun., and conducted up the was, no doubt, instructive to the imperturbablfc-philosopber who oould
side offc steep hill to his father’s hospitable home. Having rested and subdue his disgust, or,,taking another view of the matter, oontrol
been refreshed, we proceeded at ten o’clock to “ our chapel.” The hall his laughter. It was a long time before the lady oould disgorge her fury.
forms part of a blook of buildings situate in Hollin’s Lane; there are Indeed, the testimony of the on-lookers is to the effeot that she seemed
some four or five houses in the lot, tbe rents from which will no doubt to be really possessed by some foroe other than her own, for it can
contribute largely towards the successful carrying out of the soheme. soarcely be supposed that a lady oould be accomplished in such a
The entrance to the hall itself is situate just at the junofcion of some vocabulary of invective and have so inexhaustible a fund of fiendish
AtttJW? 14, 1874.
HeHng discovered one " mare’a neBt,” ehe aet hergelf H. WooderBon, late of Hampton Court, and at the same time Mrs.
tjB&oiti; tp'succeed, in fiiding another. Shle pretended, tp have lost her. Bumfl recognised thd spirit af her father from her being able to aee fy’pt
gloves, and peraisted inUooldrig all over the room fortliein in franti(> quite clearly. Other Spirits were Beqn and described by Jtr:'Tayj(pr.
exoitement. She politely insinuated that the gloves had been stolen, but: One of the sitters was annoyed by an‘itching on one side of his hope,
to some it appeared that she was so enamoured of'h^r ladylike occupa­ but the Strict rules of the oirole prevented him from rubbing it. '"' The
tion that she was loth to leave the place, and henoe thought of the, spirit “ Johnny," as soon as the inoonvenienoe was expressed, came fo r.1
gloves as a ruse. The opmpany—Bceptioaand all—stood up qb one ward, and with his fingers did effective duty on the'exact apot. Two
man for Mr. Baatian, and saw in the dearest manner that the lady had' apirit-voioea were heard; first that of “ George Fox”—not the quaker,
no grounds for her extraordinary conduot. It remains to be told that but another apiirit of that name, who takes part in manifesting through
the jjtout gentleman who ’figures in the beginning of the narrative was these mediums. The speaking-tube oonveyed the following salutation
the lady’s husband, and that their pretence not to know eaoh other was direot to our face. “ How are you, friend Burna?” The seanoe,'was
a piece of falsehood, whioh olearly showB that they attended the seance not kept on long, all being well satisfied with the results. . We observed
With the objeot of aoting as they did. The lady was held on one side that we thought it was a waste of the precious power of mediumship to
by her husband. The gentleman who held the other band says she protraot a sitting when the objeot sought for had been attained. To
would hot permit him to retain it. This gentleman, who is not a this opinion the spirit-voioe responded, “ So do I ; hut some think that
Spiritualist, has thus expressed himself in a letter
mediums have no feelings nor anything else tbat ougbt to be respeoted.”
“ The lady observed to me that the dapping of handB sounded to her A light haying been struck the mediums proposed tbat a “ corner seance”
«s if proceeding from a different part of the room from that in whioh should be attempted, but they were not sure that it would sucoeed, as a
the medium sat. This was so contrary to the evidence of my own trial of it had not been made since beforeleaving Amerioa. The arrange­
sense of bearing that it immediately struck me as the observation of one ments were to ub of a novel character. A chair was placed into a recess
on one side of the room. On this obair the instruments were laid.
who was strongly prejudiced.”
In front of that again two ohairs were placed, whioh were ocoupied by
In another paragraph the same writer says
“ That the lady who was so very demonstrative yesterday evening Mra. Burna and Mr. Baatian. A tablecloth waa now taken ana taoked
fully believed she had detected imposture I can well imagine, but I also up in front of theae sitters, so that their faces could just peer over the
fed convinced that she was mistaken, and tbat the medium never left top. They then joined hands and the light was turned down so that
objeots were quite visible. The spectators sat in a row in front of the
his seat until light was oalled for.”
This affair is sufficiently ridiculous to bring its own antidote, but “ corner.” Soon the instruments were manipulated, and Mrs; Burns felt
would it he credited that in a Liverpool newspaper the report is pub­ hands all over her back. The light was somewhat increased, and the
lished that Messrs. Bastian and Taylor were by a lady detected in the spirit-hand was seen extending itself above Mrs. BumB’s Bboulder. It
attempt to take a ring from ber finger ? Such an affair as that whioh laid hold of her flowing hair and pulled it back bebiud her ear. The
we have desoribed above ijs so ignoble that we need not use any adjeo- movements were repeated, but as they could be observed best from one
tiveB to oharaoterise it. All rigbt-minded persons will have no difficulty end of the row of sitters, a gentleman ohanged his position to get a
in coming to a right conclusion respecting it, but what are we to tbink better view, and thus broke the oonditions, whioh brought the seanoe to
of those professional liars, the newspapers, who feed the public mind an abrupt termination.
with garbage collected from suoh foul sources as the case of “ imThe test oonditions enforced by these gentlemen on themselves and
their sitters alike render deception or trick impossible. The manifes­
posture” we have just exposed?
tations tfre of a gentle and agreeable kind, and we can only wish that
Messrs. Bastian and Taylor have a full circle every time they sit. Their
On Friday evening laBt we had the pleasure of participating in a arrangements may be .seen in our advertising columns. Some of our
very pleasant Bitting with these gentlemen. Some months ago we had readers will be glad to know that they have deoided on devoting certain
advices from Chioago intimating that these mediums were about to visit evenings in the week to private sea'itoeawith speoial investigators.
Europe, and recommending tbem to our consideration. On Friday
evening a few minutes were spent in conversation before the seance
began, during which Mr. Bastian presented us witb the following letter,
To the Editor,—Sir,—I had the good fortune to be one of the
duly signed by the gentleman whose name it bears:—
oompany on Sunday evening at Mr. M----- ’s, when a sitting waa held, the
above-named gentlemen being the mediums, and as they have only juat
“ Office of Religio-Philosopbical Publishing House,
arrived in this' country, possibly a Bhort acoount of the sitting may
“ Chicago, May 27tb, 1874.
“ Friend Burns,—Allow me to introduce to your favourable acquaint­ interest some of your readers. The mediums were invited down to
Brighton by Mr. M:— to his residenoe in Palmeira Square,and the same
ance Brothers Bastian and Taylor, of whom you have hoard so much.
“ They are true gentlemen, and of the striotest integrity as mediums. evening of their arrival a cirole was formed in the dining-room after
“ Any acts of oourtesy you may he inspired to show them will be dinner, consisting of two ladies and ten gentlemen, inoluding the
duly appreciated by them os well as by myself and thousands of friends mediums. I may say that Mr. Bastian iBa physical medium, while Mr.
Taylor is a seer and trance medium. This oircle was held without a
this side of the water.
table; we sat in a ring holding hands with Mr. Bastian in the centre.
“ Fraternally thine,
“ S. S. Jo n e s.
A musical box weighing more than ten pounds was wound up and placed
“ To James Burna, Esq., Publisher, London.”
on the floor at the feet of the writer, as also a speaking-tube and a guitar
Thia fraternal epistle was during the evening supplemented by the on the knees of one of the company. When the lights were put out two
peruBal of an album , containing a choice selection of portraits of leading
songs were sung; during the last the musical box began to play on the
American Spiritualist*. There we saw for the first time a representa­ ground where it had been placed, and in the course of a minute or two
ition of the features of our brother S. S. JoneB, of the Chicago, publishing oommenoed floating about among the sitters, and alternately put in the
house, and we feel so proud of the picture as a specimen of humanity, kps of some of them. Then the guitar began to imitate the former
that we oonsider it an ornament to our cause, and we hope in.due course instrument, and the accompaniment of a song that was being aung waa
Ito have it engraved wherewithto grace the front page of the TSJEdIvm. played in very good style upon it all round tne oirole. At the request of
nDuring these conversational episodes we had an opportunity of learning one of the Bitters, it went up to the ceiling and played there. Then all
something ,of the oareer of our visitors. Both gentlemen have been the company began to be promiscuously touohed hy hands of—judging
mediums from ohildhood. Mr. Bastian was a photographic artist, and by the touoh—all degrees of size. It was during the latter manifestations
a few years ago got introduced to Spiritualism. His peculiar experi­ that Mr. Taylor described the spirits who were touching the sitters in a
ences at the oircle soon convinced him that the extraordinary occurrences manner that gave great satisfaction. One gentleman who had met with
which had marked his life were indeed the indications of mediumship an accident to one of his knees aome years ago was touched and felt on
of the most powerful kind. He embraoed the unpopular oause, offended the part exactly—as he afterwards said—as his mother used to manipulate
his old friends, and, aided by the spirit-world, commenced the task of the hurt during the oure. While these manipulations were going on,
seeking new associations, and now he is one of the most popular Mr. Taylor described the spirit who was performing tbem in a manner
mediums of America. Mr. Taylor was born in Dundee, Scotland, and that quite astonished the party who waB being aotedupon, as he instantly
his history, like that of many other mediums, presents indications of the recognised his mother, the portrait given heing as correct as be himself
existence of an unaocountable power long prior to its being brought could have drawn it. Several other spirits were desoribed while making
into full play by the spirit-circle. Mr. Taylor is a seeing medium, or their presence felt, the greater number of which were reoognised. The
natural clairvoyant. In addition to his psychical qualities he is pos­ gentleman of the bouse had his oravat taken off by tbe spirits, and thrown
sessed of superior endowments for literature, and has written copiously into the lap of h iB Bon on the opposite side of the oircle. Flowers were
both prose and poetry. We gave a hasty inspection to a portfolio, of taken from one and put into the bands of another. Two pockethe
specimens,' and saw indications of poetic genius and literary taste. As handkerchiefs were extracted from the pockets of their ownora; theae
to how and when these gentlemen became associated together we have were afterwarda found on the fioor tied up in a mass of knots. Several
not time at present to state, but must proceed to the sitting, which con­ voices were distinctly heard in different parts of the oircle as requested,
stituted the chief feature of the meeting.
and yarious other phenomena. Altogether it waa a very aatiafaotory
iiiThe company first ascertained that the doors of the room in which sitting, particularly when it is taken into' consideration that the
they sat were made fast, so that no accomplices could enter and pro­ mediums had never been in the room or house before in their lives, or
duce “ phenomena.” Mr. Bastian was then thoroughly Bearohed before had met any of the oompany present except the master of the houae, who
ub all by Mr. John Lamont.
As there were not sufficient visitors invited them down. Among the sitters were two gentlemen who had
present to form a circle, a ourve was adopted, opposite the middle of never before been at a seance; they were yery muoh struck at what took
which’ Mr. Bastian took his seat. On his left stood a small table, place, and oould not understand how spirit-bands could beoome bo
against which was placed a splendid guitar, accurately tuned, a speak­ tangible as those they were touohed with appeared to he.—I am, yours
ing-trumpet, &o. The sitters were thus arranged, beginning at the faithfully,
left and reading towards the right end of the curve i—M r. Chatham,
August 10, 1874.
___ __
Mr. Burns, Mr. Child, Mrs. Burns, Mr. John Lamont, Mr. Richards,
of |' and Mr. Taylor. All held the hands of the next sitters; Mr. Taylor
P ic -n ic . —On Saturday last the members of the Beith Co-operative
consigned both of his hands to Mr. Richards, and Mr, Chatham entered Society, accompanied by the instrumental band, were conveyed to Barrof
into a similar arrangement with Mr. Burns. Mr. Lamont placed one mill by a speoial train, where they were joined by some other members
of his feet o r Mr. Bastian’s lap, and that gentleman kept patting hiB resident there, and marched to Nettlehirst, the residence of Mr. W.
hands together all the time. All present joined in a melody, the Burns, who had kindly granted them the use of the grounds at his place,,
guitar swept around the room, and played in harmonious aooompani- and created a platform from which the speakera addressed the party.
. it
ment. It waa the firat time we ever heard a guitar skilfully played by After refreshments were served, the party broke up into oompanies, and
spirits. The musioal-box—a yery heavy one—waa wound up by the the youthful portion enjoyed themselves in dancing to the miuio of the
spirits and moved ahovit,; hands touohed those of the BitterB, and the band,; and raoing for prizea contributed by the older members. All
instruments were allowed to reat on the head whilst' they continued returned safe in the evening after enjoying a very pleasant afternoon.—jed
playing. A hand touohed ua, and Mr. Taylor described accurately Mr. Local SuppknmL
i a
a ff
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-blit aii iwopmblishpd. tambourlnjst (jpuld Imitate. These mariifestatibhB,
r* r?;b
.jW^Wfir n^y pgw.be thought of the yepordbyUpmer of the spirit as. "well aa the. direct BpIrikytiibej’ tyreB tihipB' tqqlt plaije/with the
o ^ fro cl^ .a ith e fprnj .appeared, to A llie s, or those spiritual beings medium quite consoious:
From the unconscious' oabinet seance Ve h&(I fp u r mtiteritilised spiritthat wer^ sftidjo, have manjfestec} themselves tp tha patriarch Job, or
Britiis,—Hebrw .or.Rpmfin, Pagan, or OhristiBp, there forms, all of wLich.'showed'then^elves fceyCralti/qeB,1p ile 'at WhiMf’was
c?n be np^butttin themindof; anyoandid.trutb-lpving ipquirey of the reoognieed distinotlyby thrSCof myfalMy WJmy Biltfer. A large lip t no w
pr?seflt,^y that spirit-materiftlisations .arc indeed a faot, nay, series of appeared, whioh the spirit oalled1pis lam]*, and wliiohc^ie put of the
fipfca, in ^he second city of,the British Empire. Let pot the hasty oritio cabinet right amongst us,( ru^biM our'facei'^liiyfully^nd sometimes
bc tpo refidy to laugh to. soorn the yery idea of a “ Christian spirit almost burying our noses in it. This lanip, as' It; rose’ ovir the'dii'rtaiij
being .seen' of the illustrious murderer" of J.uliuB Ceesar, einoc the of the oabinet, appeared to bea block of white marble, abo# fourinphe?
rpligibsity of being good and doing good was not unknown to man for in diameter, but as it came down it looked moire like a large pieoe of
a long time ere the stern Republican fell on bis sword and expired. Is illuminated soda, Its touoh was about the same as a soft muslin bag
not “ Christianity as old as the Creation ”? In any event, Jesus was filled with air; sometimes it was so bright that we oould see each
other’s faces distinctly. While this lamp was showing itself on one Bide
not an ecoJesiastio, either in prinoiple or praotioe.
■ La$t Wednesday evening, August 5th, 1874—delighted inexpressiblyof the house, the harmonium on the opposite side'of the house, a
as_ I had been with the previous seanoes of Miss Parry, of Everton distance of twelve feet, oommenoed playing, and as soon as the keys of
Village (the wonders of whose fine mediumship I yet hope to illustrate the harmonium were sounded, the lamp sailed across the room and
and desoribe when maturely developed)—I visited the publio session of fixed itself direotly in front of the musio rest, so that we could see the
. Mr, Tom Eves, at 6, Stafford Street,’ Liverpool, where I found assem­ whole of the instrument, and also the hand and arm that were manipu­
bled a Considerable gathering of on-lookers, which afterwards merited lating the keys. The arm appeared to be out off just above tie elbow,
in number rather than importanoe (amongst them being a seizer of and a.frill encircled the wrist. The instrument was played as loud as
spirits), to the extent of some twenty-five, persons, or thereabouts. ordinarily, and the hymn tune, “ 0, how he loves,” ana “ Auld Lang
Truth to tell, I am not fond of these promisouous kinds of omnium, Syne,” were both nicely played. The hand gave me three taps upon the
gotherim, whether called publio or private, as may be judged from cheek for praising its performance. From the Hollinwood arid Newton
the oiroumstance that during a quarter of a century of my spiritual Heath secretaries I learn that both of theirs were equally euopesaftil.
During the last week we have also had two firat-olass inspirational
pupilage, my attendance at public seances may be more than accurately
reokdned on the fingers of a single hand.; indeed, many of the finest addresses through the mediumsh’ip of our highly respected frjend
Bights ?nd sounds I have ever heard from the loving and beloved friends Miss Barlow, of Rhodes. One was given" at our half-yearly* meeting
of spirit-life have been vouchsafed to “ fit audienoe though few,” genial on July 25th, subject: “ Hypoorisy in Earth-life, and its Results in Spiritsouls in my own summer-house on the Cotswold Hills of Gloucester­ life.” Two highly-educated gentlemen, who bad never been at a Spiri­
shire, 1850. Electricity will induce and destroy magnetism, and there tualists’ meeting before, declared they never heard better teachings,
are conductors and non-conductors of spirit-power, even as there are nor more beautiful language in their life, and whether the address came
from the spirits or the medium herself, such a disoourse and teaching
obstructing media in galvanism more repulsive than attractive.
.Why do I dislike these publio meetings? Not because I am Tory, could not be superseded. On the Wednesday evening following, we
ifmnkeyite, Aristocrat, or Democrat on suoh ocoasions, for I honour a had another address through the same medium, on “ The Uselessness
man « man, if he ponduct himself soberly and righteously, as a lover of so muoh Formality.” We may here say that Miss Barlow’s inspira­
pfGod’s, truth, whether in science or ethios. At the same time, I pro­ tional speaking in public has been in abeyanoe for $ time, owing
test pgainst mere _idling, laughing, jeering, coughing, caterwauling, to a further development of clairvoyance being completed in her. She
spitting, or vulgar joking. However, I beg -pardon for digressing. I is now one of the best clairvoyants we have, both on the spiritual and
am a Spiritualist from conviction of the foundation of the science in natnral plane. She oan Bee persons in the flesh mileB away, describe
Nature; that is, the Universe of Seeing and Being, in the flesh of their occupations, foretell evente about to happen tothem,andoOrrectly
diagnose any disease they may have, and successfully prescribe for t|iem j
mortals, or spirit of immortals.
After various arrangements of sitters, in oonformity to given questions and I think her inspirational speaking now is even superior to what it
T. W il s o n .
and answers, Mr. Eves entered the regular cabinet, and, like a good was formerly.—Yours truly,
Woodhov.ses, Ashton-under-Lyne.
ship,. speedily got under weigh, and seemed in profound trance.
Jiobert favoured tho company with various military performances on
the drum, tapped the different sitters with tubes, bowled divers rings to
and fro on the table, and at length threw all the instruments down
“ Twenty minutes to eleven—twenty minutes to eleven!” every now
violently, with evident disgust at so many abortive attempts on the part
of non-musioal “ whistlers” and “ singers” to aid him in his kind en­ and then repeated the dying man, looking calmly up as if he saw some­
deavours. “ George Holt” then materialised himself as a brilliant, thing or someone. Two days after, at twenty minutes to eleven, he
philosophical-looking personage, with silver shining locks, large, bright assed awav. Then the family knew what he meant, and wondered
ow it was Le had tbe foreknowledge.
eves, handsome nose, pretty, small mouth, long, white, graceful, hermitMy informant waB a minister of one of tha. Glasgow kirks. We met
like beard, and a fairy-looking aspect on the whole; moving and bend­
ing to all, more as an elegant, undulatory, insulated body, retaining a accidentally at an hotel at Gourock, on the Clyde. I was saying how I
special charge of human electricity for a distinct ocoasion, than as a h a d ju B t enjoyed the gorgeous sunset—the play of light on the olouds,
solid, liquid, or aeriform substance, composed of atoms, germs, or mole­ on the mountains, and on the river, “ Yes,” said he, “ and sometimes
cules, uniting in Beveral proportions; in faot, without the ordinary pro­ there seem? a weird kind of soenery produoed by the mists on the hills,
perties of animate matter, or that peouliar attraction of cohesion which A weird-like soene,” thoughtfully repeated the minister. I at onoe
unites hard and soft particles. His celestial lamp he graciously passed chimed in with two or tbree of my ghost narratives and personal seethrough my nose again and again, in -form of some exquisitely while ings. He looked at me earnestly, and then told the foregoing incident,
and most lovely camellia, that combined in its own presenoe all the asking questions. I found he had travelled muoh, seen muoh, and
ohoicest germB of those beautiful flowering evergreen shrubs that now thought muoh. Free and easy chat produced from him the following
adorn the palaces of China and Japan. “ Georgius ” was decidedly personal narrative.
“ Our family is subject to death-warnings. My mother had them.
more gay than grave, proved more than a match for his divers critios
in various smart sayings and doings (sweetly rebuking the reptile that The .way it oomes to me is—I find myself thinking of an intimate
seized .him), and after a protraoted and joyous interview, bade us “ Good friend or relation, and suddenly I hear olose to me, on the table or the
night," with the emphatio remark, “ I hope the dootor saw me nicely ” ground, a clatter, as if a plate having a metallic sound were shaken
violently. •I look, but see nothing. It happened last to me a few weeks
EspGranoe en Dieu.
W. H
ago^when D r.------ died. It iB very strange.”
A third inoident he narratedThe Rev. S----- of Perthshire (the
name and town given me) took apartments in the house of two elderly
T h ro u g h Mr. Tom Eve s.
ladies. He went to bed in one of the top rooms. As he lay, he b&w a
On Friday evening, July 24th, the first of a series of three seanoeB man outside the window oome through the olosed windowinto the room,
was. given by Mr. Tom Eves, of Liverpool, at Mr. R. Wilson’s, Wood- oome up to him, and look. He was singular in his appearanoe, and had
houBe. The medium had been engaged for some time, but came upon on a kind of south-wester cap, suoh as some sailors wear at sea. They
us somewhat earlier than we expected, ours being the last of a serieB of looked at each other ; the minister, puzzled, turned himself with his face
engagements in this part of Lancashire extending over six weeks, after to the wall. He felt as if a person were leaning over and pressing the
which he proceeds to Liverpool.
bedclothes. He turned quickly, and struck out hiB fist, but it passed
The medium arrived it Mr. R. Wilson’s about 6.30 p.m.; and mind through the man. The ghost laughed derisively, and then went away,
you, there was nothing but the medium, so far as we oould see—none of passing thiB time through the door of the room. As the following
that oumbrous maohinery whioh is alwayB required by conjurers, &o nigbt the man again appeared,'next morning, fearing to name the inci­
nothing but plain Tom Eves. The time fixed for sitting was eight dents to the two ladies, he narrated them to a person ih the village, and
Oclook, and it will be Been, from the tim e that Mr. Eves arrived, there the answer was—“ How strange! The ladies had an eocentrio brother,
who lived with them, and dressed exactly as you hive described, and
would not be much time for preparation after having had his tea.
The sitters at this seance were fifteen in number; all of them regular his bedroom waB the one you slept, in;”
Spiritualietio phenomena witnessed by me in daylight were narrated.
attendees at our meetings. We sat down at eight o’clock, and by ten
minutes past we were all placed in,our proper positions, and from that Next morning at breakfast we again met, and he at once started the
time to eleven o’clock there was not an intermission of two seconds theme of spirit-life and spirit-power, and so an hour and a half sped
.without a manifestation, and some of them; of a uiost startling nature. on, and then, having exchanged names, we bade each other good-bye
It may be as well to state here, that, from the condition in whioh we held —perhaps never to see eaoh other again till in heaven our home.
The lesson I desire to give is—quietly open' up Spiritualistic pheno­
the medium, trickery or imposture would have been impossible,
The first manifestations were spirit-lightB, which seemed to rise up mena to the knowledge of strangers, and extraot their personal and
from the middle of the table, about the shape and half-size of the blaze relative experiences in the same direction, and when heard.take notes
of a oandle. I next had my whiskers stroked out by a large .but soft and repeat by voice and by pen, and jo be of some use in this world of
J. E n h o r e Joneb.
hand; several others were also stroked and patted by
Enmore Park, S.E.
hands. My sister, who sat next to me, had her neok-beads unloosed,
wiiob trickled down her breast. Paper tubes (one rubbed with
P.S.—-In the Christian Spiritualist for September will, I expect, be
•phosphorus so that its movement could be seen) were floated about the a short acoount of a seanoe I had with Mr. Dugnid, the tranoe painter,
littomj flying about from one odrnerof the house to another as quiokly
J.E .J.
«ould follow. A tambourine, purchased expressly for tbis
Iwanoe; Was-carried op to the ceiling,' and while there, one of the
T h e Harbinger of Light (Mrs. Terrjy, Melbourne) gives as a supple*
ment the whole of “ Notes of an Inquiry into Spiritualism,” by Mr,
whioh ^ tambourine commenced rattling in suoh a nwumer w norw Orookeu.
ATkkia 14, 1874.
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“ Out of olde Fieldes, as men saitho,
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And out of olde Bookes, in good faithe,
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Cometh all this new scienoe that men lere.”
bave punished the poor w o m a n “ A woman in the Government
G e o f fu e y C h a u ce r ,
of Voronezh, living the life of a nun, though belonging to no
reoognised religious order, had a holy picture of the Resurrection,
wliioh—as was vouohed for by many credible witnesses—had a
Tiie Sydney Evening News reports that Mr. John Tyerjaan Jsftured,
habit of emitting drops of perspiration, and subsequently distilled a at the Victoria Theatre to oyer 2,000 people. The lecturer's Bubjeot ,
fragrant holy oil. Tbe picture afterwards took up the habit of was “ The Devil,” on which dark profundity be seems to have thrown
removing itself from one room to another without visible aid, and soon considerable light. The report con clu d es“ A-few ill-hehav^ala^rikiiis
small flames appeared in various parts of the nun’s cell. On Easter tried to got up a disturbance, but were quiokly put down by the sensible
morning, though the cell had been closed and locked, to the holy salu­ part of the audiencefvTke benediction Was-a theological curioait.y,
tation ‘ ChriBt is arisen,’ a mysterious deep voice replied, 1He is arisen, namely, ‘ May the blessm^of Almighty God rest on you always,'am^n,’
indeed,’—the usual formula. These supernatural phenomena drew being the reverse of the familiar benodiotion heard •in. bJI' orthodox
large crowds of peasants to the nun, who was looked on with holy awe, so churches.” An announcement in the Morning Herald Btatas.tbttt
that the priest, whose church was temporarily deserted, complained to Tyerman would lecture on ‘’ Is there » Hell? or the.JJoctrinBflf-Jltwmll!;
a court of justice, and after ii careful investigation—without a jury—it Punishment, examined .by the light of Reason, Justioe, and JJenpfolenoe.” was deoided that these were false and not real miracles which had been The attendance was so overwhelming that the following p-ptv?®
worked, and consequently the woman Q-ratcheff was condemned to three pecessary:—“ In consequence .pf the incojjvenjie^ce' fufferef},.from ,$».
months’ imprisonment for disseminating-false miracles. It is true the overorowded state of the theatre at the free lecture .given hy H[r, fe w law declares that imprisonment is only to be given in cases where money iuan on Sunday evening last, tbe Committee of Inquirers have resolved
is japeived ipr.fwph false miracles and. supernatural appearances, and in (in order to secure the comfort of the audience) to limit the attendance
this oase no attempt whatever was made to prove tbat-money bad been at the forthcoming lecture by making a charge for admission.” JIo DJftftSy
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aVwiflg ft prifflAe person to poasw* .'.perspiring pictures,’ and to be pit'and gallery, 69. Mh Tyefman alsd' ^aljimgiis
supernatural appearances, th« property in which he-, j layman, who may be put sirtil .pEr $ a
lon^d rightful]; to tha Church, caused this tttrtt-pojnl to be overlooked.' 'l Churoh, to debate publicly the eubjedt of SpirituiWSm',* ' '
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 1874.
Upwards of two years ago we made a “ ten days’ tour in the
Noryi.” Out last halting place was Liverpool, where we in­
augurated the system o f Sunday services, which have since been
such a prominent feature in the progress of the movement. Our
first stopping place was Sowerby Bridge, where we took part in the
first public demonstration of the Local Children’s Progressive
Lyceum in the,Town Hall. An account of the proceedings may
be seen in the M e d iu m , No. 107, date April 19th, 1872. TheLyceum had then been in existence about'eighteen months, and
the progress made was very marked. The chief cause which led
to success was the excellent singing of the members. A properlyqualified teacher was procured, who taught the children to sing in
harmony; and this acquirement has been of the highest importance
to the welfare of the institution.
The Lyceum, in the first instance, owed its origin to the long
series of articles which appeared in the first volume of the
MBDiuM^and also to the directions of the spirits through Mr.
Edward Wood, who in the trance urged the expediency of putting
some of the instructions which we printed from week to week into
practice. Once established, the mends of the new movement
found it difficult to suit themselves with a place of meeting.
Mr. Wood took a house with a large and convenient upper storey,
which he ^placed at the service of the Lyceum; but the marching
afid exercises shook the house somewhat, and no doubt the idea
that the Spiritualists were so wicked as to dance on Sundays very
much shook: the prejudices of the neighbours, so that the landlord
gave Mr. Wood notice to quit or relinquish the good work of the
Lyceum. Mr. Robinson of Oausewayhead then kindly offered the use
of his hovlse on Sundays, ■Much was gladly accepted, though the
accommodation was not sufficient to give scope to the development
ofth e Lyceum system. On the occasion of the visit to which we
refer we were shown a plot of land which had been secured as a
site for the newbuilding, and some agitation was made in ourcolumns
with the view of procuring funds to go on with the work. The land
cost a little, over £105 including conveyancing. The friends had, at a
meeting convened for the purpose, contributed £30; but as a cash
payment in full was the only condition on which the land could be
obtained, a gentleman very kindly advanced the necessary £80, and
the .purchase was effected.
The next difficulty was to find some means of getting a suitable
hall erected. On our asking one of the most energetic promoters
of;the scheme how they effected their purpose, he replied: “ We
were determined to have a Lyceum. A resolute will carried all
before it.” At first the schemes were humble, and it was thought
that to build a temporary wooden structure, costing a mere trifle,
would lie the wisest course. Then brick was suggested, but at
last nothing short of stone and an elegant architectural style would
suffice. _ An effort was made to get an advance bv mortgage, but it
was objected that the School Boards had decided that schools
could not be mortgaged. This led to a reconstruction of the plan,
and it was resolved that a number of dwelling-houses should be
biiilt adjoining the Lyceum. The contractor^ set to work in good
faith. and in due course £1,000 was obtained by mortgage on the
dwelling-houses, leaving £500, less subscriptions acknowledged in
opr columns of last week, still due to the contractors, two out of
four of whom are membera of the Lyceum, and thus desire to act
leniently towards the committee in their difficulties.
The. property'now consists of the Lyceum and eight DwellingHouses, three of them at a rental of £12 and five of them worth
£7 per annum, These rents will about pay the interest on the
money due, and the Spiritualists will have the Lyceum rent free.
N fet week we shall describe the new Lyceum more nijnutely,
t o ‘.account of what we saw during our visit, and explain
spine of the methods and purposes pf the Lyceum Oommittee.
A ugust 14, 1874.
On Tuesday evening Mr. BurnB examined his pupils in some
parts o f the subject wnich have been presented at these lectures.
The time passed rapidly, and the evening was concluded by the
.phrenological examination of Mr. Maynard, Mr. Hocker, and. a
gentleman who was a perfect stranger. Next Tuesday evening the
lecture will be on “ The Oonceptive Powers of the Intellect.’ On
a recent Tuesday evening a penny-a-liner attended and scribbled a
caricature of the proceedings, which.appeared in the “ London
L ette r” of a number of provincial newspapers. Of course, it is
not to.be expected that a person filling the inferior position of a
newsmonger should be able to comprehend the matters introduced
at these meetings, but the ability to tell the truth is a quality
which the feeblest intellect ought to possess.
For several years this monthly magazine has been looked up to
in all parts of the world as the fearless and high-minded exponent
of all that is best adapted for the enlightenment and beatification
of humanity. To Spiritualism Human Nature has been a credit
and a great aid. Of late the contents have even outstripped former
excellence, and for the standing of the writers, and the style of
contribution, it is surpassed by no magazine at present issued.
The masterly articles of “ M. A .” have given a new in­
terest, not only to the periodical in which they appear, but also
to the phenomena of Spiritualism of which they treat. A work is
thus being produced which will yet be regarded as the standard
embodiment of all that is known of phenomenal Spiritualism.
The September article will be on spirit-photographs, and two
specimens of recognised spirit-photographs, by Hudson, will be
introduced as illustrations. The price of Human Nature will
be 6d., as in ordinary cases.
The announcement which we made two weeks ago as to issuing
a special number of the M edium containing the whole of the
Dialectical Committee’s Report and a real spirit-photograph has
created much interest. Orders come in so freely that no doubt the
effort will be the means of carrying a knowledge of Spiritualism to
thousands of new inquirers. The price of the M edium and spiritphotograph will be 9s. per 100. W e shall give further particulars
next week.
We have received a copy of the beet wall-placard, announcing Mr.
Morses’s meetings, that could well be devised. The composition and
printing are alike effective. Mr. Morse gives two orations in the
Alhambra Musio Hall, Westgate, Bradford, on Sunday, August 23; in
tbe afternoon at 2.30, and in the evening at six o’clook. Admission, 3d.
and 6d.; reserved seats, Is. A committee of non-Spiritualists will be
selected from the audience on eaoh oocasion to choose a subject. The
oourage of our Bradford friends will, we hope, he sustained by reinforce­
ments of Spiritualists throughout the district. Mr. Morse's orations
are well worth travelling twenty miles to hear, and he is one of the
most remarkable trophies of spirit-power which the present movement
haB produced.
The attendance at Marylebone MuBio Hall on Sunday evening was
muoh improved, and a higher degree of enthusiasm was apparent. The
Doctor spoke with great vivaoity and Clearness, for which he was re­
warded with a round of applause at the close—a very unusual feature in
Sunday| meetings. The services pass off very well. Mr. Tyndall
presides at the harmonium, and the singing is very creditably performed.
The committee are in hopes that a valuable work will be done. The
friends ofthe cause are earnestly solicited to give help in securing an
attendance, and in forwarding subscriptions to the fund.
We have been authorised to announce that Miss Chandos, whose
advertisement appears in another part of this paper, will give a mesmerio
seance at the Spiritual Institution, 15, Southampton Row, on Wednesday
evening, August 19, at eight o’clock. Admission will be free by ticket,
which may be obtained at the Institution. The object which Miss
Chandos has in view is to interest a few truthseekers who oould aid her
in promoting a knowledge Pf psychological phenomena. As a orowded
meeting is not desired, an early application should be made for tickets.
S P I R I T U A L I S M ,
At Marylebone Musie Hall, High Street, Marylebone,
At 7 o’clock, doors open at 6.30.
Reserved Seats, Is.; other Seats, Free.
Bv tioket only, whioh must be obtained not later than Saturday evening
of—Mr. J. Bdbns, 15, Southampton Row, W.C.;. Mr. F. C o w pbe ,
SrAstntRQ Faots is Modbbh Spmtdaush.—Dr. Wolfe’s magnificent 338, Edgware Boad; Mr. J. Maynabd, 103, Lisson Grove; Mr. Whity p lt o e ^ h e e n w piuch appreciated that our sfoek has run short, and l b t , 2, Wellington Terraoe, Bayswater;. Mr- J- Hookbb, 33, Henry
wcjjumot fUlfurther orders at the reduoed prioe with Human Nature Street, St. John’s Wood; Mr. T. Whittingham, 27, Warren Street,
tSB # g ^ t f t :f t t ^ e t eupply, of whiohnptiiM will be given,
Fitaroy Square; and of the Seoretary, 0<WhjtB|46> Dorset Street, W.
A ugust 14, 1874.
14th, Zetland JPavilion;
subjeot ohosen by the audience; Admission, reserved seats,. I b,
unreserved seats, 6d. Commence'at 8 o'clock.
Sdhderlakd.— August i7th, Viotoria Hall, at 8 p.m.
B ra d ford .— Sunday, August 23rd. The Alhambra Musio Tfa.ll, Westgate; afternoon at 2.30, evening at 6.30.
H a l if a x .—Monday, August 24th.
B r ig h t o n .— September 6th.
DB. ' S E X T O N
Will Lecture on
“ The Utility of Spiritualism; an Answer to the question, Cui Bono 1*
Saltbton-by-Sha.— To-night?Wridayji'AiigMt
HYMN 12, in “ Sfibitoaii Lybe.”
M O S C O W ."
8 7 .8 7 .8 J .
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I— !-
S p e c ia l N o t ic e .
Guide me,, 0 thou great Je -h o-v a h ! Pil-Rrim thro’ this bar-ren laud:
I am weak, but thou art migh - ty ,. Hold me with thy pow’r-ful hand:
Mr. Morse will sail for Amerioa on Thursday, Ootober 16th. He has
a few dates for September still vaoant. Early application is requested.
Mr. Morse may be addressed next week, oare of Mr. W. Biscomb,
5, Stanhope Street, Saltbum-by-Sea.
16th, 18th, and 20th, in Temperanoe Hall, Gros* '
M a n c h e s t e r . —August
venor Street.
August 23rd and 24th, Temperanoe Hall, Horsedge Street. '£
L iv e r p o o l , —August 26th, 27th, and 28th, in Concert Hall, Lord Nelson
Letters for Mrs. Tappan may be addressed to her, care of Mr. J.
till I want no more. Burns, 16, Southampton Bow, London, W.C.
O l d h a m ,—
Bread of
hea - ven! Bread of
hea-veu! Peed me
2 Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing streams do flow;
Let the fiery cloudy pillar,
Lead me all mv journey through;
Strong deliverer!
Be thou still my strength and shield.
HYMN 76, in “
S p ir i t u a l L y r e .”
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subjeot, “ The Claims of Modem
Spiritualism on Public Attention.” Wednesday, August 19th; subjeot,
“ How I became Converted from Sceptioism to Spiritualism.”
N o r t h a m p t o n . —Tuesday, August 18th;
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2 Life is real—life is earnest;
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art—to dust returneat—
Was not spoken of the soul.
3 Not enjoyment and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way:
But to act that eaoh to-morrow
Finds us nearer than to-day.
4 Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us,
Footsteps <?n the Bands of time:
6 Footsteps, that, perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A f o r l o r n a n d B h ip w re ck e d b r o t h e r ,
Seeing, shall take heart again.
6 Let us then be up and doing;
With a heart for any fate,
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labour and to wait.
HYMN 54, in “ S p i r it u a l L y r e .” Tune—Old Hundredth.
Praise Qod, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him all creatures here below ;
Praise him, ye angels round his throne,
Praise Qod, the high and holy One.
A voluntary contribution at the close.
The Committee invite the co-operation of all friends of Spiritualism
in the metropolis to assist them in rendering theBe meetings of that great
service to the oause of whioh they are capable. Any quantity of tickets
and handbills may be obtained of those who issue tiokets, or of the
S e c r e t a r y , as above.
T h e huge stack of paper which had to he put through the
machinery sheet hy sheet has somewhat delayed the appearance of
the “ Memorial Edition.” Now the last reams are being wet
down, and the work may be expected quite soon. W e have seen
the portrait in the course of engraving. It is a meritorious work
of art, and a faithful copy of one of the most recent photographic
likenesses of Judge Edmonds. W edo not urge for further subscrip­
tions to the hook, as the greater part of the Edition is already
bought up.
M b . Ashm an's new work on Psychopathic Healing is ready this
morning, price 2s. 6d. It is, perhaps, one of the most original
works that has appeared lately, and gives invaluable information
on the important question of healing-mediumship. I f it were
extensively read, studied, and practised, it would bring untold
blessings upon the people at large. W e are glad to witness such
apowerful effort toelevate the motives of Spiritualists.
1. Charles Lamb, the Most Unique of English Humourists.
2. A Plea for Beality; or the Story of the English Pre-BAphaeliteB.
3. Why I am a Spiritualist.
4. A Spirit-World Bevealed to the Natural World from the Earijest
Times by Means of Objective Manifestations, the Only Basis of Man’s
5. The Life, Charaoter, and Genius of Thomas Hood.
6. Why Does Not God Kill the Devil? Man Friday’s Bobinson
Crucial Question.
The Man Shakspeare, with Something New.
8. The Birth, Life, Miraoles, and Character of Jesus Christ, Bevieweu
from a fresh Standpoint.
9. Robert Burns.
10. The Meaning of the Serpent Symbol.
11. Old England's Sea Kings.
12. The Coming Beligion.
Address—Ward’s Hurst, Hemel Hempstead, Herts.
Mr. Buguet will return to London and give photographic sittings
as soon as 150 sitters are entered, at 30s. each, to be paid at the time
tbe name is registered. The names of intending sitters will be reoeived
Lady Caithness, 46, Portland Place.
Mr. Burns, 15, Southampton Bow.
Mr. Harrison, care of Mr. E. W. Allen, 11, Ave Maria Lane, E.C.
Mr. Coleman, 1, Bernard Villas, Upper Norwood.
Mr. Samuel Guppy, Morland Villas, Highbury Hill Park, Holloway.
Mr. Shorter, 23, Prince of Wales Boad, Kentish Town Boad.
Mr. Slater, 19, Leamington Boad Villas, Westboume Park, W.
Mr. Ivemey, 64, Seymour Street.
Mr. Loe, 171, Grainge Boad, Bermondsey.
Mr. S. C. Hall, Avenue Villa, Holland Street, Kensington.
Mr. Wm. Gill, 145, Marine Parade, Brighton.
Mr. Thos. Farrall, Long Street, Sherboume, Dorset.
To the Editor.—Sir,—As the writer of the artiole in your paper
entitled “ The Wioked Kings of Israel ’’ asks for some passages in the
Old and New Testaments whioh appear to forbid spiritual investigations,
I send a list below. I thought the Spiritualists had craoked these kind
of nuts long ago.
' T. S.
10, Basinghall Street, E.C., August 4th, 1874.
Levit. xix; Deut. xviii.; 1 Sam. xviii,, xxviii.; 2 Kings is., svii,, xxi,(
xxii., xxiii.; 1 Chron. x .; 2 Chron. xxxiii.; Isaiah viii., xix., n il,, xxx.,
lvii.; Zach. xiii.; Mai. iii. Aots viii,, xyi., xix.; 1 Tim. iv.; Bev. xxi.,
Another correspondent observes■“ The author of the artiole in your
last issue, on the *Wioked Kings of Israel,’ appears to have overlooked
the 13th verse of ohapter x. 1st Ohronioles, wherein the death of Saul
iB. attributed to the transgression he committed ' in asking counsel of
one who had a familiar spirit to inquire of it.’ ” ;Next week we shall
publish some other communications attaoking our Greek correspondent.
S p e c ia l attention is oalled to Mrs. Tappan’s visit to Manchester
on Sunday and following days. See her list of appointments.
T h e B oss ohild abduotion case in Philadelphia continues to exoite the
publio mind. The mayor of that city has, after waiting twenty-Wo
days, offered a reward of 20,000 dols. for the recovery of the ohild..and
the arrest and conviotion of the kidnappers. Another noteworthy
point has been evolved from this oase. The Spiritualists undertook to
ferret out the whole thing. The “ spirits” accepted the challenge of
the press, and the mediums have held seanoes numberless by day atid by
night. They have delivered'themselves of minute descriptions of the
kidnappers and their hiding plaoes, of the obild’s plaoe of detention, and
of almost everything necessary in the oase; but the identification of the
places is lacking, and the mediumistio fraternity aca in a sadly detnoral4
isepLoofoStion,— Standard, July 5,1874,
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' ^ot^;i3ilior.T^PetoSir;—Inyour'last jssiie you allude to thq i »
establishment’ orMn Hudsiw 14premises qt the W?st Bad of Lpndon,
tmd to Bucoessful Beanoe^ !wjtli him,in ljia.new home, It inay itteyest
ypjjjifijre^jig to kfiow ijjftt I, jdmcJ him ft visit the other day in order to
experiment prior to the publication
^ti articde on spirit-photography
whioh I am preparing for Human Nature, and that I obtained a ' very
good spirit-photograph under conditions whioh were- thoroughly
Mr. Hudson reoeived me with complete frankness, and permitted me,
without a-shadow of objeotlon, to do anything I liked, and to make any
suggestion I pleased. . On the principle on whioh I always like to act—
“ Speak of a, man as you find him”—I desire to say that I have always
found Mr. Hudson open and straightforward. He has allowed me to
do as I please, to test him in any way I like, and to poke and pry into any
and every part of the process that I may see fit. I .have never found
the least cause to suspect him of any shuffling. This I say because tho
reverse ha* been freely Btated by others. ■I have not found it bo, and I
sjjeaktof the man as I have found him.
■ This particular photograph wap taken under these oiroumstanoes. I
took with me an intimate personal friend, and lie or I watohed every
plate throughout. Seven plates were exposed, and on one only was
there a Bpirit-form. That plate I watohed throughout myself. The
glass was seleoted from a pocket of new oneB. I examined it and saw it
oleaned. The prooesB was not well done, and on my objection it was
repeated. I breathed on the glass and found it to be clean, with no
trace of anything upon it. I went into the dark room, and watched its
preparation throughout, until it was duly sensitised. It was a poor
platei but I overruled Mr. Hudson’s desire to prepare another. The
camera I had previously turned inside out, and ransacked ; altering th e
focus, in view of ghoBts previously painted with bisulpbate of quinite on
the background! I saw the slide put into the camera, and then took
my seat. The exposure over, I followed into the dark room again, and
watched the process of- developing. The result is, a very good spiritpioture, a oopy of which I send you for the inspection of anyone who
may (Desire to see it. I never lost sight of Hudson nor of the plate
throughout; and I believe imposture to be impossible under such con­
ditions. At any rate, I asked a well-known photographer afterwards,
whether he was prepared to “ do me a ghost ” under similar condit ions,
and he deolared it to be impossible. He had no faith in Hudson, but
apparently still less in himself. The superhuman power of deception
that is credited to this simple man astounds me. Machiavolli was a
ohild to him, a mere babe in knowledge. If it be bo, let the clovor men
who know how it’s done stiok a pin into the bubble and explode it. If
it be not so, but a great truth lies partly hidden, let the savans help lis
to dig it out. And let all, whether they be exposers or believers, go to
Hudson, and add their mite towardB either tbe exposure of an accom­
plished knave, or the help of a struggling man who'deserves it.
;M. A. ( O x o n .)
[The photograph alluded to above is well defined and the face is quite
visible. We have also visited Mr. Hudson, and saw the negative
of a picture taken from a group of Mr. Lamont and friends from
Liverpool. A spirit-form appears standing in the midst. It is a profile,
and bo distinct, that if the person whom it represents were known to the
sitters, therewouldnotbe’much difficulty in its being recognised. We wish to
Bay a word about Mr. Hudson’s new place. If the traveller approach it
by the light-green Bayswater omnibus, it will put him down at the end
of the Btreet. If the Metropolitan Railway be adopted, then book for
Notting Hill Gate. On coming out of the station turn to the left, and
the first opening on the right leads to a point a few yards onward whore
three Btrects meet. Mr. Hudson’s studio is on the most prominent
corner, and, can be seen quite distinctly from High Street, Notting Hill,
a few yards to the west of the railway -station.The studio is on the top
of the house. It is a snug, well-lighted place, and decently furnished;
comfortable waiting-rooms are on the first floor, and everything seems to
be at hand necessary for the convenience of visitors and the despatch of
business. Mr. Hudson has got the order to print several thousand
recognised Bpirit-photographs for the September number of Human
A:ata-c, bo that he is not at all idle. He will, however, be glad to find
time to attend to sitters, either for spirit-photographs or for ordinary
portraiture. The address is, 2, Kensington Park Road, W,—Ed. M.]
To the Editor,—Dear Sir,—Finding that you were able to make
room for my former letter in the M e d iu m of July 31, I will again say
a few words for insertion as soon as you find opportunity. Since my
last letter I have had many accounts given me of seances with the rod,
that have been held in this town and neighbourhood. Some apparently
of the. very hest oharaoter, and some the extreme opposite. Two or
three friends have narrated to me communications of a most untruthful
oWaotfer. Of course, being of a private nature, and referring to particular individuals and places, I.am not at liherty to give you the details.
Death? and, injuries tp individuals known, whioh, when written about,
or ptiwnvise investigated,-.were found to be simply lies. ; Had such
deliberate;tmd viqtouB untruths been told by any “ mortal” to us, I
tiling we should have at onoe set down the narrator as superlatively bad.
But what about the fibB, coming, as we believe, from an “ immortal,” or
sav, an intelligence invisible to us? These invisibles seem to know
special family relationships qnd peculiarities, upon which they huild a
fiotion so like truth, that, until investigated, its real nature is not dispoyered.; One suoh has been brought under my notice this week. It was
given with all the ease and quicknesB possible, came through the rod in a
Tftpid' stream of—well—lies, the control of the rod assuring the
hojldera that what it said was absolute truth, and concluded with the
iraual benediction of “ Gpd bless you.” A piece of .ultra-fiypocrisy, tb call
itby a mild naipe, and after describing a family affliotion of a dreadful
jature, at a long distance from the place where the seance was held,
it,, assured the, holders of the rod that next poB t would bring a
jeffor ijp.pijo^e.t^e’truth o f what the spirit controlling the rod asserted,
of.imjch seemingly yery good pften got through the
W accounted for,, d* at once
deteoM and-stopped? Unfortunately, Uww is nodoubt that thousands
of spirits are near us ready tp give us these untruths. They dp bo, not
only through the rod, but the tahle duo. Maiiy of our investigating
friends have told me of suoh, and Bome I know of personally,
But enough of the bad, allow me to opnolude with something good,
obtained through the rod, Sunday, June 28, 1874.—“ Do you |npw
that time is on the wing, flying like a thought? are you therefore
•preparing yourselves for the great ohsngethat will shortly take plaoe ?
'Do you know that when you come here you will have to give an acoount
of every thought, word, and action while on earth ? Try and do your
utmost to let your good words and actions vastly exceed the bad ones.
If you look in a mirror you see an exact counterpart of yourself, so
when you oome here you will see an exact counterpart of all the thoughts,
words, and deeds done in the body. Ah, how sad you will feel when
you see the bad actions, the wioked words, and unholy thoughts exceed
the good actions, the good words, and holy thoughts! Oh, strive to live
a holy life,-and lead some others to do the game, and you will find the
reward both on earth and after ! God bless you. Good night.”
This and many other similar communications stand out beautifully
against those named in tho first part of my letter. But I must not intrude
further on your space than by saying we are anxious to see the opinions
of some of your readers on thiB mode of communicating with the in­
visible world, and the results, be they true or untrue; we find them, as I
have shown, both. Can anything be done to get only truth?—Yours
Barrow-in-Furness, August 0, 1874.
Mr. Editor.—Sir,—I take up my pen to communioate to you a few
words concerning the oldest, and perhaps the best-conducted, spiritual
organisation in the United Kingdom. “ The Spiritual Brotherhood ”
and Lyceum in their constitutions are very simple; all contributions to
the same are bestowed voluntarily. Several of tne members seem to take
turns at opening and presiding over their Sunday meetings, and in
reading the -lessons before the general address is given to the public.
Tbe members are all equal in rights and privileges, and anyone of the
gSneral publio has equal right with tbe members tp address tbe meeting
and to put questions. The Lyceum is conducted also by the brethren
and sisters taking their turns as conductors,and teachers; thus the
burdens are borne by many, whioh makeB the work easy and pleasant,
instead of wearying and wearing out tho dovoted few, as is too often the
case. I may hero mention that “ The Spiritual Brotherhood ” in this
place have collected or collated a small pocket-book of “ Progressive
Lyoeum Exoroises,” got up in neat wrappor, and consisting of hymns
and of pleasant marches, accompaniod with the music, in whioh all, both
young and old, can take part; and also of rational and philosophical
lessons and recitations. The entire oonBists of about fifty pages, and
c#n be supplied by D. W. Weatherhead, Low Street, •iteighley, at the
low price of 2d. per copy to other schools or Lyceums; Bingle copies, 3d.
each. The contents of this little work are very suggestive and interesting
to the thoughtful Spiritualist, and simple enough to attract the attention
and to elevate tlio mind and the feelings of the young. It is easier and
less oumbersome than tbe larger “ Lyceum Guides,” and it is cheap
enough for the children to purchase and to take home with them to
commit to memory. All Spiritualist Lyceums and schools should bave
this little book.
The order or constitution of “ The Spiritual Brotherhood” at Keighley
is so effective, and so happifying in its results, that the people will not
relinquish it on any consideration whatever. I am distinctly informed
that they have no inclination to affiliate with any other society except
in spirit and in truth, which affiliation, they claim, is the only true
national spiritual association. Their motto seems to be—harmonious,
voluntary, effective, local associations or communions, without any
centralising, overruling, national Bociety. Any national co-operative
effort, they affirm, should be democratic, yet distinct from all local
societies or communions, and should be supported or aided by individual
voluntary gifts or offerings, as in the case of tbe Spiritual Institution.
Tho Sunday meetings are well attended even at this season of theyear.
The Brotherhood have just held their anniversary in the Mechanics’
Institution, in which they had large and overpowering audiences to
listen to excellent trance orations through Mrs. Scattergood. Thev also
intend to hold a picnic and tea-party in the grounds owned by Mr.
Weatherhead, high upon the hill-sides, having a beautiful and very
extensive view, at which they will be happy to meet all who can make it
convenient to be present on Saturday, August 22nd, to meet at the
Lyceum between one and two o’clock.
Another'picce of news is, that our seoularietio frien d B at Keighley are
ahout to relinquish the “ Working Man’s Hall” to some other party or
parties, and I wish, and almost hope, tbey may come over en masse to
membership of “ The Spiritual Brotherhood.” l.must now close tbis,
or it may prove to be too lengthy for the columns of your highlv-useful
journal.—Yours truly,
D. R ic h m o n d .
Keighley, August 10,1874.
“ Audi alterampartem.”
To the Editor—Sir,—I request your insertion of the following,
.partly in reply to a challenge of your correspondent,
partly in reply to your criticism of my letter in the Newcastle Chronicle.
First let me deal with the Greek, and “ when Greek meets Greek, then
comes the tug of war.” To begin, I utterly refuse his criticism about
Baal-zebub and Python; but let that pasB—I proceed to his ohallenge,
whioh is as follows:—
“ The‘ witch of Endor’ (1 Samuel xxviii.) was a simple clairvoyante,
and tbe spirit of Samuel, always attached to Saul (1 Samuel xv.135),
communicated through her means with tho unhappy King of Israel,
The words-1Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up?’ do not,
in my opinion, refer to incantation (whatever that may mean), but may
be paraphrased thus: ‘ Why do you, by your wicked conduct, so
trouble me as to oblige me to reprove you ?’ Throughout the ohapter
no word of blame is cast upon the actors in thisjittle drama, which is,
to a Spiritualists both.natural andpathetic, nor does Saul appear to have
been <swr punished or even censuredfor it."
Again, “ I shall feel obliged if any ol your readers wiU point put
Atrdtter '1 4 ,1 8 7 4
passages either in the Old or New Testament, whioh appear to forbid
spiritual investigation." > Very well—let hita read 1 Chronicles x. 13,
14—thus: " So Saul died for his transgression whioh he committed
against'the Lord, even against the word of the Lprd, whioh he kept not,
andalso/firasking counsel of one that had afamiliar spirit, to inquire
df-Itr^m l'■inquired not of the Lord; therefore Kg,slew Mm,” Now
obmpartf. this with your learned correspondent’s assertion, “ Npr does
Saul appeal to have been even punished, or even censured fpr his oondupt ”1 Here I remark, that if ‘Spiritualists were either honest or wise,
they would let the Bible alone, for that Book in spite of all their twlstifljj and speoial pleading, oondemns tbem out and out. In other words,
aoandld and consistent Spiritualist is a thorough and avowed infidel.
Next let me deal with your strioture. You are pleased to write, as
“ The Rev. A. Rees of Sunderland is a Liberal Nonconformist minister,
who goes just a 1wee bit1 beyond the usual petrifaotion of a Wesleyan
community. The ‘ flock ’ oannot stand Spiritualism unless dressed out
in the B h a g g y coat, tail, horns, and hoofs of a personifge dear to the
Churoh. The reverend gentleman holds up the rings of Saturn before
this queerly-acooutred individual, when Mr. Kilburn oomes along armed
with the whip of logic and foroes his shaggy majesty to jump through
the rings, no doubt muoh to the astonishment of the reverend gentle­
Now, aB we have seeu the ignorance of the Grecian in his assertion
about Saul, let us see tbe disingenuousness of the Editor of the M ediu m
and his proUgd Mr. Kilburn.
I had stated that I believed in the facts of Spiritualism, though I had
not seen Ijbem—just as I believed in the existence of the rings of Saturn,
though I had not seen them—rbecause both bad been seen by thousands
of oredible witnesses, who testified that they bad seen them. I further
stated that I believed Spiritualism to be an evil, though I had not
witnessed its phenomenon, because the Bible forbad it altogether, where­
upon Mr. Kilburn writes as follows, and tbe Editor as quoted above:—
. “ According to Lord Brougham, analogies are dangerous thino'8. Mr.
Rees’s ‘ Rings of Saturn ’ analogy is singularly unfortunate. He In forms
us tbat he has never seen tbe ‘ rings.’ Had he added that, nevertheless,
he was quite certain they wero Satanio in their origin and influence, how
profoundly impressed the astronomers would have been. Yet this is
exaotly his position relative to the spiritualistic manifestations: he has
never Been them, yet ‘ has not the shadow of a doubt that they are evil.’ ”
I a*k your readers, “ Is tbis honest ? Is there any ‘ analogy ’ between
Saturn’s rings, which the Bible does not condemn, and Spiritualism,
which the Bible does condemn ?” Mr. Kilburn and the Editor knew
very well, from the following paragraph in my letter, that, admitting
tho facts of Spiritualism, I condemn them per se because the Bible con­
demns them, and yet botb affirm tbat I might as well condemn the rings
of Saturn, about which the Bible is entirely silent. Here is the para­
graph :—
"O f course our opinions of this system—snpposing it to be a fact, and
no illusion—will depend on the standpoint from whioh we view it. I
view it from a Biblical standpoint, just as I view idolatry; from tbat
point I see that it is an old ship with a new figure-head, that it is the
‘ necromanoy ’ and dealing with ‘ familiar spirits ’ which the Bible so
vehemently condemns, and consequently I ask no questions as to its
possible use—it is enough for me that it is forbidden, and forbidden
because it is bad; and, if it is bad, who can be its author ?”
I ask your readers'to oompare this with Mr. Kilburn’s statement
that I might as well have ascribed Saturn’s rings to the devil as Spiritual­
ism. The one I ascribe to an evil origin, when once satisfied as to its
reality, without examining its use, because the Bible condemns it in
itself, wherefore our “ logician ” declares that I should “ be exactly in
the same position ” if I were to father Saturn’s rings on the wicked one,
without any examination of their use.
But the fact is, logic was not his aim here, but ridicule, and no doubt
he has excited it amongst sophists and Spiritualists, but not amongst
those who can dissect a syllogism. In conclusion, let me inform your
readers that I am no novice on the subjeot of Spiritualism. I have read
its literature from the commencement, and I laugb at those who dis­
credit 'its facts, as if thousands of sensible people oould conspire to make
fools and liars of themselves by getting up tricks.and swearing they were
not tricks—preposterous! Nevertheless, with the Bible as my guide, I
condemn the whole system as a triok of Satan to entrap souls.—I am,
Sir, yours truly,
Aimiuu A. Rees.
[Our logician is rather too fast, Things are not the subjects of logic,
but our notions of .them. The Pope, our correspondent’s prototype,
once declared the Copernican notion of the planets devilish. Now Mr.
Bees applies the same condemnation to spiritual phenomena ; so that
Mr. .Kilbum’s analogy is complete, literally and historically. We think
after the disreputable epithets which our correspondent hurls about, the
devil would not have much conoern about his “ soul,” seeing also that he
is suoh qn exponent of the “ doctrine of devils.” It is the Spiritualists
who hold no allegiance to the devil, that “ the roaring lion ” is so eager to
worry. Let him oontent his appetite with Christians.—Ed. M.]
ply to the Deity if their nption were derived from those whites they
came in oontaot with—convicts, most prbbablv,in the first place. Cpnvicts are addicted to “ polite literature,” and it was irptoi' their conversa­
tion, no doubt, that they pioked up another notion how prevalent among
them of a malevolent being (»iled a “ debbel-debbel,’’ Mv fpen'd' JviB
in his possession an unpublisW. jnanpsdt'jpt written by a “ Cantab,”
who died many years ago _in AuBtrAJifi, and who hacj metered the
native language, and associated in the push witl^ the wjldesfc^df the
aborigines. In it, it is expressly asserted that the natives he oame iff oon­
taot with in the then unsettled parts had no notion of a Deity; ■The
absence of suoh a notion does not prove the absenoe of the spiritual
faoulties, but only their latent state. The fact of their being .able to
assimilate any suoh notion afterwards shows tbat the faoulties were
there waiting development, otherwise they could no more have taken
thorn in tban so many ouraDg-outangs oould have done ep.
Extremes meet. Minds in a very low state of development ftre as in­
capable of taking in dogmas in the true dogmatio sense ^9 very ad­
vanced ones, but the inoapaoity arises from opposite causes. , Only
those, however, who have lived among and been able to converge in
their own tongue with savage races will understand this.
H.- M,
( 1 2 t ii L e c t u r e .)
On Sunday afternoon, at Cambridge Hall, Mr. Wilson brought his
course of lectures to a olose, as follows:—
I think I have now given you a general idea of the wide scope for
observation, reflection, and suggestion, that is opened by the application
of tbe soale of colour, &o., to an objeot or idea. Now, it is obvious that
if the subject is to be taken up by you it must be done systematically,
just as you would study geometry or ohemistry, and for this purpose I
propose to form classes, as a College of Comprehension. What is a
College? A number of persons devoting themselves to a study at A
permanent institution. Now, as comprehension is inclosing that whioh
is or may be comprehended, it should assimilate universal opinion; for
comprehension does not only mean realising an explanation: it is the
arranging the addition in suitable relation t,o tbe inolosement. Now,
to assimilate opinion it is obviouB that the oomprehensioniBt must have
an opinion, to whioh the other opinions will subordinate and oentralise.
ThiB, of course, sounds very presumptuous; but do not you find your
opinions able to subdue, explain, and expose the narrow belief's of
others? and, what is more, if you do not hold your opinion as superior,
you have to seek an opinion to which it can Bubmit as your oonviotion;
but if you do presume to hold your own as a oomprehensioniBt, then
comes the greatest of terrestrial delights, namely, an amicable oonfliot in
logical sequents for the discovery of truth—by truth I would imply the
main trunk lineB on which the universe is constructed, and as we do not
know them the intelligent mind is in perpetual approximation. The
first lesson we bavo to learn is that nothing is false; it may be false as
an imitation, but not false in relation, for the falsehood is rooted in a
truth, but the growth of the outcome is a perversion, neoessary or
not as influences prompted the circumstances. But the opinion of the
advanced comprehensionist should reach to the cause, should swallow
up the opinion just as Aaron’s rod swallowed up the serpent-rods in the
presence of Pharaoh. The most interesting opinion thus will be the
spiritist opinion, aBthe newest; for vre are all agreed on the various
creeds, isms, &c., as being divergencies fostered by ignorance and disci­
plined by fear, but which are, nevertheless, all true in the latent causes
that are the undeviating instincts of human nature. So we take the
spiritist * opinion, and ask, Is it capable of inclosement by the oomprehensionist? What he has to do is, to Bhow a reasonable explanation
for the apparently miraculous manifestations and appearances—what,
in faot, is the key of their causation. Now, if you remember, in my
last week's address I showed that red meeting the yellow could make a
medium, and that yellow meeting yellow made classification. This
classification has a Higher signification than" common arrangement; it
means the disintegration of naturo. Now letusoonsider the miraculous.
What is a miracle ? The performance of the inexplioable. The dog
thinks the man is a miracle; the worm thinks so of the butterfly. It’B
all miracle. Let your arm rest as dead over the back of your ohair, and
try to raise it by muscular foroe without the will-power, and see what
an enormous strain it is; but introduce the will, and you shoot it up at
ouoe. What is this will ? It is your miraculous subserviency. People
are very much in the habit of arguing as if they knew the beginning
and were progressing towards the end; but tbe fact is, we are in the
middle, and we have to go back to causes as we have to go forward in
registering effects. As the first inducement for inquiry is in the con­
sciousness of an effect, and as spiritist effeots have been inoontestably
vouched for, it now becomes our duty to speculate on causes for an
explanation. This is not a question for the scientists, for their, inductive
reasoning is bounded by the support of proved experiment, whereas this
disoovery must be worked out deduotively. But, as I showed you in the
little map, tbe red, physical, is the lowest atmosphere; the blue, the
mental, the above; and tbe yellow, the spiritual, the highest. NoWi
the ordinary meaning of spiritual is the dispersion.of earthly, wishes
and dwelling in the contemplation of God; but take a few enervating
pills and a black dose, and then keep your body emaciated, and
spirituality, as at present designated, will be a necessity in the indifferenoe to worldly pleasure that your body oannot enjoy. For example,
we always make out that consumptive people are examples, of holiness,
and are held up for imitation to the full-blooded, life-flowing, electrjcflllyioharged brain of vigorous existence; but do you Jhink God Joves the
consumptive better than the consumer? The opnsumptive are defective
drganisms; then, if God is goodness, it oannpt love that which is defective
or not good. But the real meaning of spiritual is the grateful refilling
of our enjoyment of life. All improvement is through refinement; and
so, if pasting off the'trammels of tradition and listening to God instead
of attending to Eli, we shall .find, as we always have found, tbat the
miracles of one age are the servants of the succeeding.
After explaining the formation and.intention of tbe College more at
length, Mr. Wilson concluded by reciting Gray’s HElegy to Eton
College,” and then came to the body of the ball, where he explained ft
My expression of doubt as to the Australians having any notion of a
Deity, &o.-, was meant to apply to those who had never come into contaot. with other races, and was founded on accounts given of them by
older travellers tban Streelecki. I am informed by one who knew
Streeleoki in Australia that the latter was unaoquainted with the native
language, and never went much beyond the towns or more or less settled
parts. My informant—a olergyman of the Churoh of England, long
resident in Australia—tells me that,-in addition to the notions men­
tioned by Mr. Cross, they had, in his day, imbibed the notion that
after death they would, as they expressod it, ‘‘jump it up white man"—
an event, by the way, quite possible if that very radical theory re-incar­
nation and progression by means of it be true. Natives of tndia, as I
know, when speaking Engiiah to Englishmen, address tbem as “ master,”
even though thp Englishman be but a private soldier; so also the Bur­
mese and Chinese. The Australians I have no personal knowledge of,
but doubtless tbiey do the Bame, just as the negroes say “ masaa.’’
* It was explained that the'word “ spiritist” was used to represent the man!-'
“ Great Master " would be, then! just the term they' would naturally ap< festationists as distinot from the Spiritualists, who weie splrltagsuniktora.
A ugust; 14, 1874,
large Map, of Comprehension, some 10 feet by 6.feet, of the sixteen
up oolumns, being oi:08Bed by about twentyrfive divisions of atmosphere,
nnd.oonoluded by expreBsing his surprise tbat epiritista did not reoogniBa the teaobing of tbe rainbow and tbe ray of light, as merely oontentirig^themBelves with tbe phenomena in disregard of the philosophy,
' Mr/WilBon, in thanking the audienoe who had bo regularly attended
h is leotures from the firBt, also the editor of the Medium for having
given suoh lengthened reports of hiB statements, stated that on Sunday
next, he would reoite Goldsmith's “ Traveller” and “ Deserted Village,”
intervening the “ Grandmother’s Apology,” by Tennyson.
B i r t h .—August 8th, at 7, Albert Boad, Gloucester Gate, Begent’s
Park, London, the wife of William Tebb, Esq., of a daughter.
Wb are glad to peroeive a poem in the Liverpool Porcupine from the
pen of one of our poetical contributors.
M r . M o r s e has again had exoellent meetings at Newcastle. On
Sunday evening he had an audienoe of about 800 persons in the Leoture
Hall, Nelson Street; and on Monday evening tbere was an audienoe of
about 400.
A r r e s t e d D e v e l o p m e n t .— Dear Mr. Burm,—Allow me through the
medium of your paper, whioh I know is open to all inquirers, to ask
a few simple, but rather important, questions as regards the develop­
ment of mediums, trusting that spme of your readers who may have
been placed in a similar dilemma themselves, will be able to furnish me
with the remedy for this disease. Now, for the last eighteen months I
hpve been oonneeted with a few friends in the investigation of this grand
work oalled Spiritualism, and I find that our mediums, who at one time
gave every signs of beooming very useful in spreading tbis truth, have
oome to a oertain stage where they seem to be at a standstill, and fail
to produoe the proof at present (or rather the spirits through them)
that at one time we oaloulatedthey would have done. You must under­
stand that ithe cirole I am in oonneotion witb, having no physical
medium, we are confined to the test and intelleotual phenomena. Now,
what I want to know is the cause of this standstill. Is it the lack of
proper elements in the oirole, or is it probable that our mediums may
be so organically oonstruoted that the spirits fail to develop them any
farther, and to produoe the phenomena requisite to oonvinoe a soeptioal
mind of the genuineness of spirit-oommunion ? If any of your readers
are able to enlighten me upon this, I shall feel greatly obliged, as it may
be of service to others who may be plaoed in a similar position to myself;
and as a suggestion, I would add that I believe it would be a great boon
to many looal oiroles if some of your developing mediums, of which we
hear of suoh glorious results from their mediumistio powers, would take
a tour northward, where they would find a grand work in the vineyard
of the Lord; and many oircles, I have no doubt, would embrace tbe
opportunity of testing their mediumistic'powors in the development of
their own private mediums, which I tbink would tend greatlv to spread
the grand truth of divine revelation, and to cause many to rejoice and
Bay of a surety, We are upon the right track, for we have the signs
following us that the Great Teacher of true Holiness said should follow
those that believe. Apologising for troubling you so far, I am, dear
Sir, yours truly, A T r u t h s e e k e r . [We can introduce a medium to
you privately. If any of our readers can give any experience in a
general way oaloulated to throw light on these difficulties, we shall be
glad to insert it.—E d . M.]
W. B. G r e g o n t h e P o l ic e I n flu en c e o f C h r is t ia n it y .— 1 There
can, I think, be little question that the doctrine of Christianity whioh
has eieroised the widest influence—the widest police influence, bo to
speak, though perhaps not tbe most wholesome moral influenoe—has
been its delineation of the future life‘ as one of compensation for the
troubles and inequalities of this. The teaching of tbe Gospel is startlingly
explioit on this head. The last are to be first; the poor are to be rioh ;
the slave is to be free; those who had a bad time of it here are to have
a good time of it there—and vice versa. The doctrine has been ridden
hard; it has had muoh to do, and has done it well. ‘ This light afflic­
tion, whioh Is but for a moment,’ is to be repaid by an exoeeding, even
an eternal recompense. Tbe joys and pains of earth are so poor and
so short in comparison with those of the next world, that thoBe who have
drawn blanks in tbe lottery of life below ought to eBteem themselves in
truth the favoured of fortune, and would be foolish as well as rebellious
to murmur or to envy.' This sublunary scene is only the first aot of the
drama; the last aot will set all right—will reverse as well as rectify the
balance. No doctrine oould have heen devised so admirably qualified
to instil endurance and content amid the privations and inequalities of
human lots, to make the needy, the suffering, and even the oppressed,
patient under what they have almost heen induced to regard as a pass­
ing oloud or an insignificant distinction. No bolts or bars, no laws, no
army of retainers, have been such effective guardians of the possessions of
the great and affluent; the established order of things has had no defence
half so cheap-, half so mighty, or of half suoh unsleeping vigilance.
Why, indeed, should men of sense seek to overthrow arrangements and
distributions of the elements of happiness that the brief space of fifty
years will reverse for ever in their favour ? ...........What will be the
result, what the possible oatastrophe, when this dootrine is no longer
accredited—whep it is discarded as a delusion—when it is resented as a
convenient deception and instrument of oppression ;—when the poor
man is convinoed that there is no wealth of gold and jewels awaiting
him in the spiritual kingdom—that if he is wretohedhere he is wretched
altogether—that what he lacks now will never hereafter be made good
to him—that the promises and hopes dangled before him to keep him
quiet have been mere moonshine, and that in very truth the Bank in
whioh he had insured his fortune, in whioh he nad invested all his
savings, to have a provision in whioh he had toiled with indefatigable
industry and endured with exemplary patienoe, is a fraudulent insol­
vent;—when, in fine, he wakes up with a start to the 'bewildering con­
viction that if he is to rest, to be happy, to enjoy his' fair share of the
sunshine aid the warmth of life, he'must do it now, here, at once, with­
out a day’s delay ? Will there not oome upon him. that sort of feverish
hiBte to be in luxury and at peaoe, to immediatise all that earth oan
vield'him, to sink the uncertain future in the passing present, whioh
has t e n depicted in sUofeyivid colours as pervading and maddemng the
daily thought and t^k>of, .tbe .Socialists aid Communists of the French
metropolis V'^CoWxtiporary Beview foi August,
Vi'i . ...
Sir,—In the Dudley Herald of last veek appeared^an account of a
“ Singular Mainote Superstition,” fromLord Carnarvon’s “ Reminiscences,
of Athens.” Here is one ditto of our Black Country, Vrhioh oocurred
not one hundred miles from here. Some twelve months ago a young
man died suddenly, and a few weeks after his funeral his mother waa
observed by a neighbour hanging out a line-full of gearing apparel, suoh
as stockings, shirts, Waistcoats, and trousers, both baragan and hroadoloth, neokties, nightoaps, &o.; somewhat surprised (knowing tbe young
man had died of no malignant disease), she asked the woman, why she
had washed such a strange medley of artioles. “ Because,” replied the
woman, “ our Sam oouldn’t rest in his grave.” “ Not rest in his grave?”
questioned the neighbour with still greater surprise; “ how do you know
that?” “ Why, because,” answered the woman, “ siripe his funeral he’s
been seen; he’s been seen a time, or two, and I’ve been told if I was to
wash up all his things he’d be able to rest peacefully in his grave.” Oh!
this is the 19th century. Lo! “ the maroh of intelleot.” See, the
schoolmaster is#broad, but is Badly wanted at home.
T. W.
Oldbury, July 12th, 1874.
[The above, from the Dudley Herald, indioates a compound case of
ignoranoe and superstition. In the pride of his “ intellect,” whioh he
would make the reader believe he possesses, “ T. W.” does not know that
the departed “ may be seen a time or two.” The question also remains
how far the spirit could be affeoted by the washing of the olothes.—
Ed. M.]
(Supposed to be written under the inspiration of “ Thomas Moore.”)
Now fades with tender blush the May;
The birds less sweetly sing;
The violets have passed away;
Now vanish’d is the Spring.
Young birds have left the neBt, my love,
And Bport on dauntless w in g ;
The oak in gteen is dress’d, my love,
For vanish’d is the Spring,
The rose with pearls of dew is gemm’d ;
Their scent the lilies fling;
The garden beds with thyme are hemm’d ;
For vanish’d is the Spring.
The bloom is off pur love, my sweet;
Its early tones are d u m b ;
But blue skies are above, my sweet;
The Summer-time is come!
W . 0 .
(Written under the influence of Spirits.)
A sudden perfume in the air
One moment filled the breezy glade;
I knew not what—I knew not where
The fountain of that fragrance played.
It wafted me through woodlands aisled,
All thick with scented leaves in bud;
By mossy banks, where pensive smiled
The violet by the pebbly flood.
Thence to a quiet oountry lane,
That tangled hedgerows wound between;
When, after fall of balmy rain,
Thore creeps through mists a softened sheen.
Beyond, a wooded valley lay;
Tho Blopes with hyacinths were c l a d ;
And everywhere the smiling May
That lonely valley’s heart made glad.
High o’er the vale were gardens gay,
Where roses bloom’d by alleys wide;
And lightly fell the fountain’s spray
On grassy plots with daisies pied.
An ancient oastle rose above;
The scent of jasmine fill’d the air;
Within a bower I met my love—
That sudden perfume left me there.
W. O.
Miss L o t t ie F o w l e r ’ s portrait is just about ready, and next week we
hopo to be able to say in whioh issue of the M e d iu m it shall appear.
M r . W i l l i a m s has left London for the Continent, He will be absent
fbr about one month.
S um m er passed into autumn; Sterling’s earthly businesses, to the last
detail of them, were now all as good as done; his strength, too, was
wearing to its end, his daily turn in the library shrunk now to a span.
He had to hold himself as if in readiness for the great voyage at
any moment. One other letter I must give; not quite the last mes­
sage I bad from Sterling, but the last that oan be inserted here; a brief
letter, fit to be for ever memorable to the receiver of i t “ To Thomas
Carlyle; Chelsea, London. Ventnor, 10th August, 1841. My Dear Carlyle,—For the first time for many months it seems possible to send you
a few words; merely, however, for remembrance and farewell. On
higher matters there is nothing to say. I tread tbe common road into
the great darkness without any thought of fear, and with very muoh of
hope. Certainty indeed I have none. With regard to you and me I oan­
not begin to write, having nothing for it but to keep shut the lid of
those seorets with all the iron weights that are in my power. Towards
me it is still more true than'towards England that-no man has been
and done like you. Heaven bless you! If I can lend a hand when
there, that wilj. not be wanting. It all seems very strange, but not one
hundredth part bo sad1as it seems to the standers by. Your wife
knows my mind towards her, and will believe it without asseverations.
—Yours to the last, J o h n S t e r l in g .” — from the “ Life of John Ster­
ling,” by 'Thonm Carlyle,
A u g u s t 14, 1874.
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Wfc have reoehed an order tojwhiob the sender hna omitted to ajttaoh
his name, written on the baok of an address “ to the parishioners of East
Grinstead," on “ Religious Education.” , Will our correspondent be bo
good as to write again, giving address ?
A gentleman who wholesomely hates professionalism in the work of
Spiritualism says, “ Indeed, Spiritualism is beooming quite popular in our
town, and that, too, without the advooaoy of professional or paiSinfidiums,
whose high charges I abominate.”
S pecial N otice.— The Liverpool Psychological Sooiety having en­
gaged the services of Mrs. C. L. V. Tappan for Suniiay, August 30th,
Mr. J. J. Morse, whose regular engagement with the above. Sooiety falls
on the Bame date, haB kindly consented to withdraw in favour of Mrs.
Tappan. The above Sooiety would esteem it a favour if one of the
numerous Spiritualists’ committees c6uld engage Mr. Morse’s services
for the above date. For address, see Mr. Morse s list of meetings.
Tiie Jarrow Express is very emphatic in its dogmatism on the matter of
Spiritualism, Mrs. Tappan, and the Bible. The Editor thinks “ the Bible
is no book with wbiob to oombat Spiritualism.” We might well reply to
The inhabitants of Hyde and neighbourhood are respectfully informed such a writer in his own language:—His “ grandiloquent frbth is no
that Mrs. Butterfield, of Morley, Yorkshire, the oelebrated inspirational more evidence of’’ argument “ than the braying of a donkey is. When ” the
medium, will deliver two addresses under spirit-oontrol, in the Temper- Express11reveals a faot or a truth, then we will think it worth our while
anoe Hall, Hyde, on Sunday, August 23rd, 1874. Service to commence to investigate more fully’’ his “ claim to ” our attention. The slight
at 2.30 and 6.30 o’olook. Wesley’s bymn-book will be used. Admission, alteration in terms not placed between inverted oommos adaptB our
contemporary’s remarks to himself.
front seats, 4d.; baok seats, 2d.
Tiie Literary Mart has a rather vague article on Spiritualism.
S p iritu a lism in M a id s t o n e , —A Faot.—An old inhabitant of Maid­
stone died somewhere about three years ago; he was a leading member Speaking of MaBkelyne and Cooke, this sentenoe occurs:—“ The knots
of the Methodist connection, and, as my informant, Mr. Janies Crouch, they use in their cabinet round their wrists are the same as that u;ed by
states, some time in the month of January last, about three o’clook in the Mrs. Fay; and we will undertake to tie Messrs. Maskelyne and Cooke’s
morning, the said Charles Baker (for that was his name), appeared at the hands in'their own cabinet in suoh a manner that the manifestations
foot of his bod and addressed him by name, “ James." I said, Yes, Mr. shall not take place.” We recommend our contemporary to try his
Baker;” he said, “ I have come from heaven; you go and tell----- that skill on Mrs. Fay before be is quite oertain as to whether the kind of
what I told him when I was on earth was true, and also tell him not to knot has aught to do with the re su ltB . MrB. Fay has been bound with
indulge in an inordinate desire for the things of this world; mind you do wire in the house of an investigator, yet the manifestations went on as
it.” Mr. Crouch says that, from some scruples in referenoe to both usual. Our literary contemporary is evidently a little more funny than
families, bedid not obey the injunotion, but on that very morning three philosophical in this matter. He thus conoludes his remarks:—“ Lord
weeks, about tbe same hour, the spirit presented the some appearance and Dundreary has sent us a riddle, wbioh is appropriate to tbis article:
repeated exactly the same words of instruction, which, on due con­ ‘ Is it possible for a Maskelyne Cooke to be also Fay-mi-nine ? ’ ”
M arvlebonb A ssociation o f In q u irers in to Spiritualism —(Shake­
sideration, he this time complied with, and, he adds, the purport of the
message and tbe conversation referred to was at onoe remembered by the speare Coffee House, 6, Blandford Street, W.)—Tbe monthly social
person to whom he made the communication, who has since gone to his meeting of the above society was held on Monday evening, 10th met. It
aocount. I knew all the parties well, and oannot doubt the truth of was not bo numerouslyattendedasit might havebeen, but the friends present
Mr. Crouch’s statement, but for family reasons the name of the latter appeared fully to reoognise the fact that to meet occasionally in social
party is withheld. Mr. Crouch says tbe morning was dark, but there was converse, &s., was really neceBBary for individual and collective energy
sufficient light about the B p ir it to enable h im to distinguish every in tho great and glorious oause of Spiritualism. Various subjects were
feature as olearly as he ever did when in the flesh. The above might never warmly discussed, but particularly the necessity of fully utilising the
have seen thelight, as Mr. Crouch is a great sceptic, but from tbe circum­ above rooms each of the five evenings of the week, viz., every evening
stances of my inducing him to read some of my Mediums which I have except Saturday and Sunday. For this purpose it is proposed tbat
there shall be a discussion on every Wednesday evening, to commence
lenthim.—N e v ilL a r g e , Maidstone, August 11, 1874.
32th inst., principally on Spiritualism and kindred subjects. We hopo
M e e tin g a t t iib A td s s ^ u m , G e o r g e S t r e e t , E u s to n B o a d .— O n
many friends as possible will avail themselves of this privilege.
Sunday a lecture on Spiritualism was delivered by M r . Wallace, the
missionary medium. An opening hymn wns sung from the “ Spiritual 2d. admission. There are also subscription seances held at the same
Lyre.” Mr. Haxby read by request the 5th ohapter of the Book of place—Tuesdays and Fridays, at eight o’clock.—C h a rles H unt, Secre­
Daniel. The subjeot was, “ What constitutes SpiritualismandMediumship, tary.'
W h ich is T ru e Organisation ?—A gentleman who responded to
and tbe Science of Spiritualism ?” Mr. Wallace, in tbe trance state,
spoke on the oommunion with friends in the spirit-world; on the an appeal sent out by Mr. Burns lately on behalf of a suffering
eternal progression of matter and spirit; on religion and science ; on family, by which upwards of £50 were obtained in one week, thus
tbevariouB modes those in the spirit-realms have of communicating with writes:—“ I should like to know who would put a printing press to
friends still in the material form; the moving of tables and the work, and as energetically as you have done in this instance of distress
carrying of heavy material substances; on tbe different phases of of the family of a man who gave up his life for the truth without a
mediumship possessed by those in past ages, dwelling also on tbe murmur, neglected both by organisations and individuals.” To indi­
magnetic influences and powers now in operation in all partB of the cate the comparative energy of two kinds of organisation—spiritual
globe ; the materialising of spirits; tbeir being shortly about to come and formal—we may quote tbe results of the efforts made by the friends
amongst us, to eat and drink, to walk and talk with us]; how that the of Spiritualism and tbe anthropologists respectively on behalf of the
finer feelings of humanity shall ba drawn out, darkness expelled, and family of Mr. J. W. Jaokson after bis decease. For the anthropo­
spiritual truth shine forth in its eternal beauty ; the mind of man shall logical cause Mr. Jackson did much more severe permanent work than
be illuminated, and ignorance banished for ever; prayer shall blend the for tbe Spiritualists, and yet how was he recompensed ? He bad a
soul witb the spirit, shall uplift the eternal spirit of man, that he may bask much more hearty reception on his arrival in London from the indi­
in the heavenly sunshine of the Father’s presenoe, and the spirit of truth vidual supporters of the spiritual faith—though at that time Mr. Jaok­
shall teach all things to him that will understand. Mr. Wallace son perhapB could not avow himsolf one of thom—than he did from
continued to speak in a very high strain for some forty-five minutes. the anthropologists, for whose literature he worked so incessantly, and
At the dose, Mrs. Bullock’s guides gave a few appropriate words, when death took him the Spiritualists, through the Spiritual Institution,
finishing by earnestly entreating the audience to ponder over the words collected i!153 7s. 11s. for the survivors, while tbe anthropologists
they had heard. The meeting dosed with another hymn from the scarcely raised £40. By their fruits ye shall know both men and
“ Spiritual Lyre.” '
B urning o f W itch e s T w o Hundred Y ea rs A go. —Ironical com
mentators on our progress and civilisation are very fond of pointing out
that tbe barbarous laws against conjuration and' witchcraft were not
repealed until the reign of George II. A curious illustration of tbo
A revelation, but NO MYSTERY. WITn SPIRITUAL advent and
working of tbese laws nearly two oenturies ago is contained in the
following extract from a letter, preserved amongst the unpublished State
“ Wc can call to mind few books fit to be its fellows.”—Atkenmm.
papers of Francis North, afterwards Lord Keeper of tbo Great Seal.
" It contains more truth, poetry, philosophy, nnd logic, than any work we have
At the time of writing North was a Lord Chief Justice of the Common ever read ; it is a new revelation, and one of the most remarkable productions
Pleas; he was at Exeter on oircuit, and writes from there ou August 19, ever given to the world.”—Cosmopolitan.
“ The A l p h a is the book of an age.”—The Banner of Light,
1682, to Sir Leoline Jenkins:—“ Here have been 3 old women con­
London: J. B u b n s , 15, Southampton Row, W.C. •
demned for witchcraft; your curiosity will make you enquire of their
circumstances. I shall only tell you, wbat I had from my Brother
Baymond before whom they were tried, that they were the most old,
A party of from three to ten persons, the sexes being as equally represented as
deorepid, dospicable, miserable oreatures yt he ever saw, a painter would
have chosen them out of the whole country for figures of that kind to possible, should sit round a table, placing their hands lightly on the top of it, and
have drawn by, the evidence against them was very full & fanoifull, but engage in pleasant conversation or singing, thereby ensuring mental harmony.
their own confessions exoeeded it—they appeared not only weary of their When the company is mediumistic, the table moves in a few minutes, sometimes
in an hour ; but somo ciroles have to meet repeatedly before any manifestations
lives but to have a great deal of skill to oonviot themselves; their
are obtained. A medium is a person having a peculiar temperament, whioh
descriptions of the sucking devills with sawoer eyes was so naturall, that throws off an atmosphere, or " magnetism,” through whioh the spirits oan oonthe jury oould not chuso but beleeve them. S»', I find tbe couutrey so nect themselves with physical matter. If no suoh person be in the circle,
fully possessed against them, that though some of the virtuosi may think manifestations cannot be elioited. But, in cases where an agreeable party sit
tbese things the effects of confederacy melancholy or delusion, & that repeatedly, the mediumistie power has a tendenoy to beoome developed. If the
young folkes are altogether as quiok-Eighted as they who are old and attempt result in fiiilure, certain of the sitters should withdraw from the oircle,
infirme, yet wee can not repreire them, without appearing to denye the and on the next evening allow others to take their places, that new combinations
very being of witches, whioh as it is contrary to law, so I think it would may give the desired conditions. A circle should not Bit longer than two hours,
be ill for his Maties servioe, for it may give the faction occasion to set nor oftener than twice a week. A truth-loving, oheerful, and elevated state ot
afoot the old trade of witchfinding yt may oost many innocent persons mind leads to the control of spirits of a like character, whereas opposite qualities
their lives, wh this justice will prevent."—Academy.
in the sitters have a tendency to attract spirits in sympathy therewith.
Mrs. Bullook has opened her developing cirole, and wishes to have a
few more mediums to complete another olass whioh she is about to form.
Sbe would be glad to have applications early, as tbe seats soon fill.
Persons would do well to join this oirole, as it opens a good road for
development, Mrs. Bullook having good guides, as is well known. Tbe
terms are 4s. per month, in advanoe. We have had a good many appli­
cations for admittance to the Investigating Cirole, and shall be glad to
forward tickets to those parties who are really desirous of investigating
this extraordinary phenomena. It is held on Sunday mornings, and the
admission will be free. The hall will be opened on Sunday morning
week, Aug. 23, to investigators only, not sooffers at the oause.
Mr. W. Bussell, 45, Westmoreland Place, City Boad, at which address
the meetings are held, gives account of very extraordinary phenomena
whioh have oocurred at these oircles. Evidently the meetings are well
worthy the attention of investigators.'
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Rules foM he SpMt'Cirde. .B y E sma H ardinge. id .
The Spirit-Circle and the law s of Mediumship. By
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Id .
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E mma
Spiritualism as a
and Spiritualism as a Religion.
Other Orations by Mrs. Tappan Id. eaoh. Speoial lists may be had
T appan.
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What is Death? By Judge E d m o n d s . Id.
The Philosophy of Death. By a . j . D a v is . 2 d.
The Creed of the Spirits;
the Influence of the Religion
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Mediumsancl Mediumship, By T. H a z a r d . 2d.
SpifitrMeditans and. Conjurers, By Dr. Sextos. 2 d.
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TheodoreParker in Spirit-Life. By Dr. W illis , id.
What Spiritualism has Taught. By W illiam H owitt.
Researches into the Phenomena of Spiritualism,
W illiam Cbookeb, P.B.S.
Human Immortality Proved by Facts.
Debate between
N ig h ts ’
C . B radlau gh,
Beport of a Two
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The Spiritual Lyfe.
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H a r d in g e .
Concerning the Spiritual World, - and what Men know
thereof. A Tranoe Address by J. J. M o r se . Id.
A list o f other Orations by the same Medium may be obtained on
London: J. Burns, 15, Southampton Bow, W.C.
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Heaven and Hell viewed in Relation to Modem Spiritualism. I d . .
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Concerning the Spiritual World and what Men Know thereof. Id.
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An Explanation of the Tricks of all Conjurers who pretend to Expose
Spiritualism: How to escape from a Corded Box—How to get out of the
Stocfts—The Magic Cabinet—How to get out of Sealed and Knotted
Ropes, and perform the Conjurer’s so-called “ Dark Seance ”—How to
perform the Blood-Writing on the Arm, and read Names written on
Papers by the Audience.
This is the celebrated work by Dr . SEXTON, the publication of
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Price 2d,
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T h u r s d a y , Aug. 20, Mr. Horne, at 8. Admission, 2s, 6d.
with the
Twenty Years’ Record of Modern Spiritualism in America.
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■, . ' No. 2.—How I became a Spiritualist. Pfide Id.
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side, a discussion in behalf of every religion that teaches a belief in
spirit, and in behalf of every ohurch. For what Mr. Bums has done,
all Spiritualists and all churches owe him, in reality, deep gratitude;
as, indeed, do the Materialists, for whom only an overwhelming testi­
mony of spiritual facts, from or»e whose honesty and uprightness they
cannot doubt, can be hoped to act with any efficacy at all.”—Rev. Wm.
II. Tomlinson.
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S u n d a y , A u g . 16. at M r. Cogman’B, lfi, St. Peter's Road, M ile End Boad, at 7.
D r . S exton at the Marylebone Music Hall, High Street, at 7.
M onday , A u g . 17, Developing Circle, at Mr. Cogman’B, 15, St. Peter's Boad,
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at 8 o’clock.
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Seance at their rooms, 74, Navarino Boad, Dalston, Eli'at 8 p.m. Par­
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F r id a y ,
Old Freemasons’ Hall, Newgate
Ba t u r d a y , A u g . I d , N e w ca stle - on -T y n e .
Btreet, at 7.30 for 8 o’clock.
B ir m in g h a m . Midland Spiritual Institute, 68, Suffolk 8treet, at 7.
S u n d ay , A u g . 16, K e ig h l e y , 10.30 a.m. and 6.So p.m. Messrs, Shaokleton
and Wright, Trance-Meditims. Children’ Progressive Lytsaiisn tit 9
a.m. and 2 p.m.
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B o w lin g , Spiritualists’ Meeting Boom, 2.30 and 6 p.m. Hall Lane, 2
and 8 p.m.
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2.30 and 6 o’olock.
M a n ch ester , Temperance Hall, Grostefior St., All Saints, at 2.80,
OOWM8, at George Holdroyd’s, at 8 p.m.
H a l if a x Psychological Society, HaU of Freedom, Baok tohi Btreet,
Lister Lane, at 2.30 and 8. Children’s Lyceum at 10 a.m.
N o t t in g h a m , Churchgate Low Pavement. Publio meeting at 6.80 p.m.
Osse TT CoAjmon , W a k e f ie l d , at Mr. John Orane’4, at 2 and 8, p.mi
B ish op A u o k la n d , at Mr. Fauoitt’s, Waldron Street, at 6 o’olook. -Notice
Is required from .strangers,
N e w ca stle -on -T yn e , at Freemasons’ Old fiaU, Weir’s Court, Newgate
Btreet, at 8.30 for 7 p.m.
L iv e r p o o l,
Pubilo ifeetinfjs at the Islington Assembly Bootitt, At 3
and 7 p .m . Trance-m edium s from all parts of E n gland, S o.
D a rlington Spiritualist Association, Free Assembly Boom, above Hhtde
Bros. Btores, Bidsdale Street, Yarm Boad. Public Meetings at 10.30 a.m.
and 6.30 p.m.
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B ir m in g h a m , at Mr. Perks’, 312, Bridge Btreet West, near Well St.,
Hockley, United Christian Spiritualists, kt 6 p.m,
Loughboho’ . Mrs. Gutteridge, Tranoe-medium, Dene’s Yard, Pinfold
Terrace, at 6 o’clock.
G l asgo w . Publio meeting, 8.30 p.m., at 184, Trongato.
H e c k m o n d w ik e , service at 6.30 at Lower George Btreet.
Developing Circle on Monday and Thursday, at 7.30.
O ssett Spiritual Institution, Ossett Green (near the G. N. B. Station,
Sen-tee at 2.30 and 6 p.m. John Kitsort, medium.
M o n d ay , A u g . 17, B i r m in g h a m .
58, ButFolk Street, at 8.
IS, K e ig h l e y , at the Lyceum, at 7.80 p,m,, Trance-medUims,
Mrs. Lucas and Messrs. Wright and Bli&ckleton.
U ESTIO N S on Courtship, Marriage, Speculations, Diseases,
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B ir m in g h a m . Midland Spiritual Institute, 58, Suffolk Street, at 8.
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-L can be. obtained at Mr. Coghak'S Institution, IS, St. Peter’s Road,
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is required from strangers.
N e w oastle - on -T y n e .
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B ir m in g h a m , Developing Circle, at 7, Hyde Boad, LadywAod, at 7.45,
by Miss Baker, assisted by a'Clairvoyant and Trance-medium.
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F r id a s , A u g . 21, L iv e b p o o l , Weekly Conference and Xranoo«pealdbgk tft
By 1. W. HiaomsoN. Price 2d.
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London: J. BitfcNB, 16, Southampton Row, W.C.
N o t t in g h a m , Churchgata Low Pavement, 0eaiu» at 8 p.m.
T u esday , A u g .
A ugust, 14, 1874.
M R.
w m give a Recitation of Goldsmith's “ Traveller,” “ Deserted Vil­
lage,”:and Tennyson's “ Grandmother’s Apology for not Cryinsr on hearing
of the Death of her Son.”
Reserved Seats, Is. ;
Body of Hall, 6d.;
Gallery, Id.
“ These lectures Bhould be interesting to Spiritualists.”—Medium.
3. BTJLLOOK, T b a n c e - S p e a k e b , will deliver a LECTURE
at the Athenicura, George Street, Euston Boad (near the Gower
Street Station), on 'S u n d ay E venin g. Service at Seven o’clock; Seats
Free. The subject may be chosen by the Audience.
R . C H A R L E S E . W IL L IA M S* Medium, is (it home daily,
A t Four o'clock on SUNDAY, A U G tfS T 16,1874,
Established 1833.
to give Private Seances, from 12 to 6 -p.m. Private Seances
attended at the houses of investigators. •,Public Seanoes at 81, Lamb’s
Conduit Street, on 1 Monday evenings, adtni63iotl-j!s.-8d.} "Thursday
evenings, 5s.; and Saturday evenings; for' Spiritualists only, 5s.: at 8
o clock eoctx ©veiling, Address as above*.
N.B.—Mr. Williams is at present on the Continent.-1: ’
whose reputation is well known throughout Europe and America, can be
CONSULTED on either Medical Questions or Business-Affairs connected
with the Living and Dead. Hours, 12 till 8 . Terms, One Guinea.—
Address, 21, Princes Street, Hanover Square, London, W.
N.B.—Miss Fowler does not receive any visitors on Sundays.
O LIV E ,' ■T bance M e d iu m ■for Test Communications
from Spirit Relatives and Friends; also for the Cure of various
Diseases by Spirit-Magnetism and Prescriptions. Priyato Seances by
appointment.—49, Belmont Street, Chalk Farm. Road, London, N.W.
A P u b l i c S b a n c b at the above address on Tuesday Evenings, at Seven
o’clock. Admission, 2s. 6 d.
T h a n ce M edhtm and M e d ic a l
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Terms reasonable.—Present address, 41, Bernard Street, R u ssjb II Square.
F U S E D A L E , T a il o b and D b a p e b , has a splendid Private Seances attended.
assortment of Summer Goods. An immense .variety of Scotch
R. F. HERNE, Medium, gives Public Seances at the Spiri­
and West of England TWEEDS. A perfect fit guaranteed. Everything
tual Institution, 15, Southampton Row, London, as follows:—On
on hand. Visitors passing through London supplied with goods on
Monday Evening, at 8 o’clock; on Wednesday Afternoon, at 3 o’clock;
the shortest notice, at special prices for cash.—No. 8 , Southampton Row,
High Holborn.
’ and on Thursday Evening, at 8 o’clock. Admission to each seance,
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past Three Weeks, th“VSEANCES will still be continued during both this
week and next, the same as heretofore. Tickets can be obtained of
LADY, w ho is practising H ealing-power with gTeat success, Mr. M i t c h e l l , 33, Old Bond Street; of Mr. Hall, at the Rooms; and
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OST (from being loaned) a small BOOK, containing Two Plays,
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London: J. B u r n s , 15, Southampton Row, W.C.
Containing well authenticated and selected reports of all the different
phases of modem spirit phenomena, from table-turning to the visible
materialisation of the faces and forms of the departed, and the photo­
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A L I V E ,
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A S E R I E S OF L E C T U R E S ,
By the Author of “ ALPH A .”
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co n ten ts:
What Is Evil?
Poverty •. its Evils and its Mission.
The Divinity that Dwells in Man.
The Church of .thatFuture.
“ Stand up 1 I myself also am a Man,
The Path of Righteousness.
Trust in God.
S elf-T ru s t.
What is Christianity?
Tliy Kingdom Come 1
What is Manp
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Two Lectures, by II. Venman.
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neighbourhood of Liverpool. Fee, One Guinea. Letters to be addressed,
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R. A. FEGAN-EGERTON, the well-known Trance and
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The Childhood of Jesus,
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God is not Mocked.
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Religion Consists in Action,
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sis, Sciatica, Rheumatism, and all Nervous and Muscular Diseases.
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T U R E:
The friends of the ’cause should attentively circulate lrlrs.' TAPPAM’s
works in those districts) vifcited 'by,her..' The,‘following Orations are
n o^-read/in .a. separate fopBi^d. each :— . ,
Spiritualism as a Science and Spiritualism as a
Contents fo r May. Price 6 i.
• W hat Great' Teacher has produoed the Greatest' .
Researches in Spiritualism during tbe years 1872-3, together with a dis­ Effect upon Society ; and’ W hy P
cussion on theories advanced, in explanation of the phenomena.
By “ M. A .” (Oxon).
ChaptecII.—On. the movement of objects within a close room, with­
Spiritualism; its Advantages to the present and
out human agency. The carrying of objects into a locked room from Future Life.
without, and on the passage of solid objeots through material
These are a selection ,of the most useful Orations, and may be had in ,
obstacles. ;
Psychism and,Spiritualism. A Criticism on “ What am I f * by Serjeant quantities at a nominal price. All the London orations are in type, and
may be printed to prder. . .
.C o x .lB y -ff.^ .C .’*
Concurrent Testimony.
The Vision of Imaum Mahidi. By the author of the "Book of God.”
Death of Judge Edmonds.
"Stonehenge.” By “ Z.”
Poem, “ The Law of Death,” a parable by Fohi. Bv David Burns._
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J. M. Peebles on Bobert Owen.
A Girl with a Bemarkable Memory.
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The Siamese Twins; their Social and'Mental .Characteristics.
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George Stock, B.A., Pembroke College, Oxford.
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Gerald Massey in Amerioa.
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The Serpent Symbol: its Spiritual and Physical Significance. A Lecture in sight avenging Tecumseh grasps the futile hatohet to save ‘ hunting grounds
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